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No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy annotated edition Edition
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This book looks at nine of the most famous photographs of the past seventy years to examine why these images are so powerful, explain how they remain meaningful across generations, and explore what they expose (and what goes unsaid). The book has nine chapters, most of which are significant revisions of essays examining particular photographs that have previously been published in academic journals (e.g., "Quarterly Journal of Speech"), and all of which represent an interest in how they function rhetorically, as established in the (1) Introduction. (2) "Public Culture, Icons, and Iconoclasts," lays out the author's interpretive method, which includes defining iconic photograph and then identifies five dimensions of cultural meaning that coalesce in the iconic image.Read more ›
No Caption Needed speaks with eloquence to a topic of tremendous significance for contemporary society and the state of democratic public culture. It is a deeply interesting study relevant to academic and general audiences alike. Part history lesson and part analysis of where we are and where we might head, this book examines what democracy means in a culture oriented to the visual. It's one of those gems that makes the reader rethink the world by pointing out something important right under one's nose.
Hariman and Lucaites examine iconic photographs, those images we see again and again and again in public life, and deftly reveal how they contribute to the rhythm of that life. In a series of chapters, they examine haunting and celebratory images that mark American history: the Times Square kiss, the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima and at Ground Zero, the Migrant Mother of the Great Depression, the Kent State massacre, the accidental napalm of the Vietnam War, the defiant man in Tiananmen Square, the Hindenburg and Challenger explosions.
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The review below has admirably captured the content of each chapter, so I will only mention its wide span of audiences. A critical scholarly book, No Caption Needed is a significant contribution to the burgeoning study of visual rhetoric, and should be mandatory reading for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in communication programs.Read more ›
Thanks for the great purchase.
The rest of the photos are mainly anglo American military stuff, like a few blurry shots of 9/11, and a bunch of WWII stuff like the TImes Square kiss celebrating Truman's nuclear annihilation of HIroshima and Nagasaki, and the whole imperialist Iwo Jima thingie.
In fact that staged planting of a flag in Iwo Jima is called the most iconic and reproduced photo of all time.
We know that to be a lie imposed by our anglo American myopia.
The most iconic and most universally displayed and reporduced photo of all time is Che.
conveniently overlooked and unmentioned here in this solipsistic world view from safely within the empire.
and then every photo presented is stuffed all around with the thick and bready doughy crust of these two minor part time professors blathering on in the most unfocussed way sometimes with the Limbaugh bombast against liberalism, other times noting the bougeouisie . . .all with the most all encomassing and pedantic way of saying nothing at all.
No need to read this publish or perish mess.
Buy a Che t-shirt instead and wear the most universal icon with pride.
Che Guevara Revolution T Shirt
Anyway, the use of the term iconic here is as imprecise and misapplied as the rest of the prosody prolifically overwhelming this disposable text.
or just get this instead, which is far ore eloquent and cogent than all the blatherings of these two failing professors combined:
Migrant Mother: How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression (Captured History)