The False Eye: Photojournalism And Myopia

Let me get right to the point – Photography curators and editors refuse to acknowledge, examine and critically analyse the fundamental and at times definitive influences that the institutions of image production and distribution (newspapers, magazine, galleries, digital news outlets etc.) have on the kinds of war photographs that are made, and the political angles and perspectives that are adopted in them. There seems to be a collusion between these ‘gatekeepers’ of the craft, to never raise questions about the corporate publications the war photographer was on assignment for, the editorial prejudices of that publication, the proclivities and prejudices of the market into which the particular war photographer was aiming her work at, and the broader political and cultural baggage which the photographer carried with her to the work.

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