The International Photojournalism Industry: Cultural Production and the Making and Selling of News Pictures, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The International Photojournalism Industry

Cultural Production and the Making and Selling of News Pictures, 1st Edition

By Jonathan Ilan


236 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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How are events turned into news pictures that define them for the audience? How do events become commodified into pictures that both capture them and reiterate the values of the agencies that sell them? This book looks at every stage of the production of news photographs as they move to and from the ground and are sold around the world. Based on extensive fieldwork at a leading international news agency that includes participant observation with photographers in the field, at the agency’s local and global picture desks in Israel, Singapore, and the UK, in-depth interviews with pictures professionals, and observations and in-depth interviews at The Guardian’s picture desk in London, the findings in this book point to a wide cultural production infrastructure hidden from – and yet also nurtured and thus very much determined by – the consumer’s eye.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Production Process I: From Story to Product

3. The Production Process II: From Product to Story

4. An Analysis of Significant Events


About the Author

Jonathan Ilan isLecturer in the School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University, Israel

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies

Through publishing comparative and region-specific studies, this series aims to bring Asian, Latin American, African, and Middle Eastern media and cultural studies scholarship to the English speaking world and--in addition-- to promote cutting edge research on the globalization of media, culture, and communication.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
PHOTOGRAPHY / Photojournalism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies