Afterimages: Photography And U.s. Foreign Policy by Liam KennedyAfterimages: Photography And U.s. Foreign Policy by Liam Kennedy

Afterimages: Photography And U.s. Foreign Policy

byLiam Kennedy

Hardcover | March 1, 2016

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In 2005, photographer Chris Hondros captured a striking image of a young Iraqi girl in the aftermath of the killing of her parents by American soldiers. The shot stunned the world and has since become iconic—comparable to the infamous photo by Nick Ut of a Vietnamese girl running from a napalm attack. Both images serve as microcosms for their respective conflicts. Afterimages looks at the work of war photographers like Hondros and Ut to understand how photojournalism interacts with the American worldview.

Liam Kennedy here maps the evolving relations between the American way of war and photographic coverage of it. Organized in its first section around key US military actions over the last fifty years, the book then moves on to examine how photographers engaged with these conflicts on wider ethical and political grounds, and finally on to the genre of photojournalism itself. Illustrated throughout with examples of the photographs being considered, Afterimages argues that photographs are important means for critical reflection on war, violence, and human rights. It goes on to analyze the high ethical, sociopolitical, and legalistic value we place on the still image’s ability to bear witness and stimulate action.
Liam Kennedy is professor of American studies and director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Violence of the Image: Photography and International Conflict.
Title:Afterimages: Photography And U.s. Foreign PolicyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022633726X

ISBN - 13:9780226337265

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: “Follow the Americans”

1 Compassion and Critique: Vietnam
2 Pictures from Revolutions: Iran, Nicaragua, El Salvador
3 Unseen Wars and Humanitarian Visions: Somalia, the Gulf, the Balkans
4 Visualizing the War on Terror: Iraq, Afghanistan, the United States

Conclusion: The Costs of War

Editorial Reviews

“Afterimages makes immediate and enduring contributions to scholarship on photojournalism, the representation of violence, and the role of the press in international politics. Kennedy weaves together professional, academic, and public commentary to identify a discourse on photojournalism that has been both guiding practitioners and subject to continual innovation in tandem with the changing nature of American warfare. This is a compelling book.”