The identity of photography: exploring realism and the nature of photography in photojournalism

Siobhan Lyons

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Abstract

It can be argued that the nature of photography becomes drastically altered, and its identity changes according to the uses it is put to. This article will discuss the many aspects of photojournalism that shape and manipulate the current status of photography. Its origin as a means of objective documentation will be critically analysed in relation to its uses in war photography, political agendas and propaganda. The theories of Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, among others, will be drawn on to evaluate the extent to which photography is autonomous, changing and transforming depending on how it is employed. The conclusions drawn from the research show how photography has become a malleable artefact, capable of changing its identity in a post-modern context, and thus posing challenges for our concept of reality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-68
Number of pages15
JournalMacquarie Matrix: undergraduate research journal
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Photography
  • realism
  • art
  • war
  • post-modernism
  • photojournalism

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