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The Problem of Washington Photo Coverage Goes Well Beyond Restagings
The government doesn’t make itself easy to cover. And limited news budgets may make government handout photos look like a bargain. But the public needs and deserves professional observers to make certain there’s truth in the space around the notes.
photography  government  semiotics  photojournalism  forsnd  from delicious
may 2011 by tysone
Abroad - ‘Controversies’ in Paris - When a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Debates - NYTimes.com
As consumers of images we bear witness through them. Or we’re voyeurs. In either case we complete a transaction that we instigated, in that a photograph is made hoping someone will look at it. It’s a message tossed into the ocean of time, and how we read that message, whether indifferently or with compassion, can have moral dimensions.
photography  semiotics  culture  art 
june 2009 by tysone
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Errol Morris Blog - NYTimes.com
Photographs are a partial record of who we were and how we imagined ourselves. They remind us that we have a past and that we are the sum of our past experiences. They reassert that unassailable fact. ... During the last week of the Bush administration, I asked the head photo editors of these news services to pick the photographs of the president that they believe captured the character of the man and of his administration.
photojournalism  photography  bush  politics  semiotics 
january 2009 by tysone
The Falling Man - Esquire
Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.
photojournalism  photography  newyork  9/11  journalism  terrorism  semiotics 
september 2008 by tysone
The New Yorker's cover illustration of the Obamas wigs out the chattering classes. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine
Calling on the press to protect the common man from the potential corruptions of satire is a strange, paternalistic assignment for any journalist to give his peers, but that appears to be what the detractors desire. Only weak thinkers fear strong images.
journalism  newyorker  obama  politics  semiotics 
july 2008 by tysone
American Icons: Or How Trade Characters Rule the World: Voice: AIGA Journal of Design: Writing: AIGA
Aside from the ubiquitous dollar sign (the overlapping initials “U.S.” with the bowl of the U cut off), no other symbol telegraphed the American essence more instantaneously and unambiguously than Uncle Sam.
design  america  history  semiotics 
july 2008 by tysone
Virginia Heffernan - The Medium - Television - Internet Video - Media - Flickr - Photography - New York Times
Flickr’s creamy fantasy pictures, many of them “erotic” portraits that have been forcibly manipulated with digital tricks, stand in contrast to the rawer and grainier 35-millimeter photography that’s still canonized by august institutions like ICP
flickr  photography  semiotics 
april 2008 by tysone
Errol Morris | The A.V. Club
The chance that any given sentence is a lie, rather than a truth, is fairly great. An intentional lie, a self-deception, a misconception—there are lots of categories of untruth. Photographs can reveal something to us, and they can also conceal things.
media  politics  photography  semiotics 
april 2008 by tysone

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