Valuing subjectivity in documentary photography and the media
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This paper examines issues of subjectivity and objectivity in regard to documentary photography in the broader context of the mass media. It argues that subjectivity cannot be divorced from the process of representation, even though the default belief in 'objectivity' continues to function in the commercially driven mass media. However, it is argued that the Internet and alternate media afford documentary practitioners the opportunity to display frank subjectivity. How objective and subjective ideologies alter 'documentary' photography is examined through a case study on nuclear devastation, which draws examples from National Geographic, The Digital Journalist, and the work of Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong.
Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship: refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009
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