Visualising war

Photojournalism under fire

Authored by: Stuart Allan , Chindu Sreedharan

Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415712910
eBook ISBN: 9781315850979
Adobe ISBN: 9781317914303


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‘After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001’, David Carr (2011) of The New York Times observed, ‘the business of war picked up and the bloody consequences have landed hard on people who bring cameras, rather than guns, to a firefight.’ Against a backdrop of news organisations retrenching, with overseas bureaus closing down, he noted how steadfast photographers have remained in their commitment to bearing witness to human suffering. In his words:

Even as warfare has changed – becoming in some cases more remote and more distant – the job of covering war has not. Missiles can be guided from great distances and drone aircraft can be commanded by a joystick, but journalists still have to go and see where the bombs landed.

Information has sprouted from all manner of new tools, including Facebook, Twitter and cellphone video. But no one has perfected the journalist drone.

(Carr, 2011)

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