Polipics: Politics in Photography
Thank Allah for Twitter & cell phones with cameras!
Posted by Trisha June 23, 09 12:01 AM
I saw this Twitter post, one of more than 2000, on the boston.com site when looking through coverage of the Iranian elections. It seems to sum up the power of a photograph, especially when taken during an attempted revolution. If politics is about power, then a photograph taken about the struggle for power, is at the very least an historical document. And it just may be powerful enough to change the course of history.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Images of Iran’s crackdown on street protests have “moved” President Obama, his spokesman said. What images have moved you lately? Especially images involving politics, freedom, personal expression, war? Photo sites are proliferating at an unprecedented pace. Are you overwhelmed? Excited? Can’t wait to have one of your own photos included in coverage of hot topics?
What’s your definition of politics? There are five accepted definitions from Miriam-Webster, but 1 and 5 seem to be the intent of what this blog will feature:
1 a: the art or science of government
b: the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy
c: the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
5 a: the total complex of relations between people living in society
b: relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view.
We’ll talk about current and past images that represent some aspect of politics, how those images are being used, revisited, and transmitted, where they’re being sent to and seen, their impact, the process of taking them, plus give you the opportunity to post your own.
My photo of choice this week is a picture of other pictures—of Neda, the woman protestor killed in Iran—on display at an Amnesty International protest in New York. Doesn’t that capture the global nature of the power of photography?