Eyes on Labor: News Photograpy and America's Working Class by Carol QuirkeEyes on Labor: News Photograpy and America's Working Class by Carol Quirke

Eyes on Labor: News Photograpy and America's Working Class

byCarol Quirke

Paperback | August 22, 2012

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Eyes on Labor narrates an essential chapter in American cultural history, offering a fascinating broad-stroke history of the relationship of photography to the complex and troubled history of twentieth-century labor and unionization movements. It examines a subject that is critical tounderstanding the Great Depression, the New Deal, and beyond-organized labor-in the form of its representation in a realm that has received little attention-news photography. The book provides simultaneously, a detailed history of the representation (and self-representation) of labor within labormovements (something rarely addressed, given the usual focus on iconic photographs and images of heroic, idealized workers), and of the labor movement more generally, with the process of representation highlighted as its principal narratives. It focuses on "instrumentalist" labor photojournalism, and, in particular, the visualization of militance, addressing the antithesis of the focus of the (oft-studied) Farm Security Administration. Quirke chronicles how labor activism was documented and also how that documentation - mediated bycertain publications - legitimated, expanded, and also limited organized labor's role in mid-century U.S. politics and society. Her weaving of contexts and specifics, different moments of the past and their echoes today, is sure-footed. In short, she shows that photography was essential to a largerbattle of national attitudes toward labor movements and the broader unionization movement in the US during the first half of the 20th century
Carol Quirke is Assistant Professor of American Studies at SUNY College of Old Westbury.
Title:Eyes on Labor: News Photograpy and America's Working ClassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199768234

ISBN - 13:9780199768233


Table of Contents

Introduction: "The Central Instrument of Our Time"1. "The Quick Nervousness of Pictures is a New Language:" Depicting Organized Labor Before Photojournalism2. Consuming Labor: LIFE Magazine and Mass Production Unionism, 1936-19413. Bitter Kisses: Sit-down Strike at the Hershey Chocolate Corporation, April 19374. "Strike Photos are Star Witnesses:" Photographs and Newsreels of the Memorial Day Massacre, May 19375. Steel Labor and the United Steel Workers of America's Culture of Constraint, 1936-19506. "This Picture Shows What We Are Fighting For:" Rank and File Photography of New York City's Local 65, 1933-1953ConclusionBibliography