Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2006

Publication Source

Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture

Volume

4

Issue

1

Start Page

3

Last Page

20

DOI

10.1207/s15405710pc0401_2

Abstract

In this essay I address how photographs function across different realms of popular experience. Tracking assumptions about the use of photographs in religion, art, advertising, law, politics, and journalism, I argue that the easy transportability of the photograph and claims to its indexical force hide its role in blurring the realms that constitute popular experience. Such blurring takes place even when the experience involved might have real consequences for the body politic, creating a need to better consider how photographs function differently in the various contexts that put them to use.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 2006, © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1207/s15405710pc0401_2.

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Date Posted: 04 March 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.