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Covering Horror: Family Photographs in Israeli Reportage on Terrorism

Pasternak, Gil (2009) Covering Horror: Family Photographs in Israeli Reportage on Terrorism. In: History of Photography, 11 March 2009, The Courtauld Institute of Art. (Unpublished)

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This lecture focused on the presentation of family photographs in reports on politically motivated violent attacks appearing in the leading Israeli dailies since the first Intifada of 1987.

Having realised that a too explicit coverage of attacks might damage the morale of the Israelis, the dailies' editors virtually agreed in 1997 to refrain from publishing explicit photographs of corpses, expressions of panic, hysteria, grief and anxiety. Instead, the Israeli media turned to what eventually became the only valid, indisputable means to represent the dead victims: their family photographs. These pictures, however, refer to a different space, time, and occasion; they draw attention to more pleasurable moments and biographical highlights, whereas the nature of the reported event and the report itself inevitably focuses on violence, death and loss.

The aim of this lecture was to trace the involvement and impact such images maintain upon the historical narration of the ongoing Israel-Palestine political conflict.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Public Lecture)
Additional Information: This lecture elaborated upon an academic peer-reviewed article which I published shortly before this event, see: Pasternak, G (2009) ‘Covering Horror: Family Photographs in Israeli Reportage on Terrorism’ Object , 11, pp. 87-104.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
T Technology > TR Photography
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Gil Pasternak
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 12:53
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:24

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