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War Photography
Realism in the British Press

ISBN 9780367609856
Published December 23, 2020 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

What makes news patriotic? How is photojournalism used in wartime?

In a national crisis, the press operates under various forms of censorship. Within these constraints, it continues to produce news in line with what is considered newsworthy. Everyday ‘human interest’ photographs and stories, which tell of bizarre, comic or tragic events, are turned to patriotic ends. The subject of death is transformed by its use in saving the nation; it is accompanied and displaced by more comforting ideas. Originally published in 1991, with the help of full-page illustrations from newspapers and journals, John Taylor looks at the special truth of war news, how it is built on established ways of storytelling, and how photography is used to make it seem real. Taking examples from the First and Second World Wars, the Falklands campaign and present-day accounts of terrorism and crime within the United Kingdom, Taylor shows that aside from legal controls, the press’s own methods bring it close to the official perspective.

Drawing on history, sociology and photo-history, War Photography is a well-illustrated account of the place of photojournalism in the news industry and the use of news in creating national identity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  1. The Bazaar of Death  2. The First World War  3. The Second World War  4. The Falklands Campaign  5. Northern Ireland and Terrorism  6. The Body in the Press.  Notes.  Bibliography.  Index.

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