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Photographs tell a story beyond words. They can entertain, scandalise, educate and generate emotion. Billions of images are produced worldwide every day yet little is often known about how or why they were produced and by whom.
A new book by Dr. T.J. Thomson, visual communication lecturer in QUT's Creative Industries faculty, aims to step outside the narrow frame of the final image and look at the whole picture.
Images - Tool - People - Identities - Accountability
"Images can be a powerful tool to help people build and maintain identities, provide accountability and evidence, preserve fleeting moments and capture history," Dr. Thomson said.
"When used by the media, images can even topple a politician, alter the course of a war and help bring about significant social change."
Seen - Environments - Interactions - Identities - News
To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions and Identities behind News Images has just been published by Rowman & Littlefield International.
In it, Dr. Thomson dissects—primarily in a journalistic context—how visuals are the products of the locations, people, and interactions involved in their creation. He examines what it's like to be in front of a journalist's lens and how the dynamics between observer and observed affect the resulting depiction. He also explores how news subjects react to how they've been represented and what that means for the future of journalism.
Issues - Privacy - Consent - Trust - Representations
"Issues of privacy, consent, and trust over visual representations span time, geography, culture, and ideology," said Dr. Thomson, who has previously worked as a photo editor for an international wire service and produced visuals for news organisations including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The Associated Press.
"There are 3.2 billion images produced around the globe every day but we know little about their back story, despite the fact that humans use 75 per cent of the neurons in their brains to process visual stimuli.
Media - Law - Perspective - People - Freedom
"From a media law perspective, people generally enjoy freedom to document activity...
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