Picturing the past: media, history, and photography

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - History - 263 pages
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Photographs shape not only what we remember but also how we remember. Picturing the Past explores the relations between photojournalism and history. Its contributors discuss dramatic changes in the American press's coverage of presidential death from McKinley through Kennedy and the curious distillation of enormous collections of photographs taken during cataclysmic events such as the Civil War and the Holocaust into a handful of images that have become cultural icons. Ranging from the idealization of American life in 1930s photojournalism to the issue of authenticity in documentary photography, these thought-provoking essays examine how photographs influence collective memory, generate a sense of national community, and reinforce the prevailing social, cultural, and political values.

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Introduction i
1
The Rise of the Visual
36
American News Photography
60
Copyright

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Bonnie Brennen is Associate Professor in the Journalism School at the University of Missouri and editor of Picturing the Past: Media, History, and Photography and Newsworkers: Towards a History of Rank and File.

Hanno Hardt is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa. He is the author of many scholarly journal articles and of books such as "Social Theories of the Press: Early German and American Perspectives" (1979, second edition 2001), "Critical Communication Studies: Communication, History & Theory in America," (1992), and "Interactions: Critical Studies in Communication, Media, and Journalism" (l998).

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