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About to Die: How News Images Move the Public by Barbie Zelizer

Due to its ability to freeze a moment in time, the photo is a uniquely powerful device for ordering and understanding the world. But when an image depicts complex, ambiguous, or controversial events–terrorist attacks, wars, political assassinations–its ability to influence perception can prove deeply unsettling.

Are we really seeing the world “as it is” or is the image a fabrication or projection? How do a photo’s content and form shape a viewer’s impressions? What do such images contribute to historical memory? About to Die focuses on one emotionally charged category of news photograph–depictions of individuals who are facing imminent death–as a prism for addressing such vital questions. Through a survey of a century of photojournalism, including close analysis of over sixty photos, About to Die provides a framework and vocabulary for understanding the news imagery that so profoundly shapes our view of the world.


Presumed Death Chapter Four: Possible Death Chapter Five: Certain Death Chapter Six: How News Images Move the Public. Her seventy-nine pages of notes are a treasure trove to readers and researchers because they are so detailed and thorough.

What philosophical and social purposes do news images serve? Varbie Zelizer answers such questions in this ambitious new book, a stunning examination of a little-explored aspect of doe journalism. With an astonishing cascade of evidence about iconic news images and the stories behind them, Zelizer offers little comfort, no certainty, but much illumination. With an obvious and admitted debt to the academy’s favorite photography buff Susan Sontag, Zelizer treats these images as both rare and powerful.

Aside from value of the theoretical construct within which Zelizer contextualizes specific images and types of imagesthere is value in her fair, reasoned, and engaging investigation of the authenticity and authority of certain of the most controversial photographs of the past century.

About to Die

An anonymous blogger photographs a dying American ambassador as he is carried to hospital after an attack in Libya. Multiple images following a shooting at the Empire State Building show its victims across both social media and baribe outlets. A little over three months, three events, three pictures, three circles of outrage.


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To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. About to Die How News Images Avout the Public Barbie Zelizer Covers a controversial but arresting topic–photographs of people facing imminent death Features over fifty powerful illustrations Zelizer, president of the U.

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