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Photography and September 11th : spectacle, memory, trauma / Jennifer Good.

Author/Creator:
Good, Jennifer.
Publication:
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 181 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Pictorial works.
New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
Terrorism -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works.
Summary:
"It is all but impossible to think of September 11th 2001 and not, at the same time, recall an image. The overwhelmingly visual coverage in the world's media pictured a spectacle of terror, from images of the collapsing towers, to injured victims and fatigued firefighters. In the days, weeks and months that followed, this vast collection of photographs continued to circulate relentlessly. This book investigates the psychological impact of those photographs on a stunned American audience. Drawing on trauma theory, this book asks whether the prolonged exposure of audience to photographs was cathartic or damaging. It explores how first the collective memory of the event was established in the American psyche and then argues that through repetitive use of the most powerful pictures, the culture industry created a dangerously simple 9/11 metanarrative. At the same time, people began to reclaim and use photography to process their own feelings, most significantly in 'communities' of photographic memorial websites. Such exercises were widely perceived as democratic and an aid to recovery. This book interrogates that assumption, providing a new understanding of how audiences see and process news photography in times of crisis"-- Provided by publisher.
"It is all but impossible to think of September 11th 2001 and not, at the same time, recall an image. The overwhelmingly visual coverage in the world's media pictured a spectacle of terror, from images of the collapsing towers, to injured victims and fatigued firefighters. In the days, weeks and months that followed, this vast collection of images continued to circulate relentlessly. This book investigates the psychological impact of those images on a stunned American audience. Drawing on trauma theory, this book asks whether the prolonged exposure of audience to images was cathartic or damaging. It explores how first the collective memory of the event was established in the American psyche and then argues that through repetitive use of the most powerful pictures, the culture industry created a dangerously simple 9/11 metanarrative. At the same time, people began to reclaim and use photography to process their own feelings, most significantly in 'communities' of photographic memorial websites. Such exercises were widely perceived as democratic and an aid to recovery. This book interrogates that assumption, providing a new understanding of how audiences see and process news photography in times of crisis"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note:
AcknowledgementsList of illustrationsPreface: I was thereIntroduction1. Spectacle and Collective Memory2. Forever Seared: The Trauma of Photographic Seeing 3. Buildings Made Flesh: Notions of the Uncanny and the Real4. Reclaiming the Imagery that Haunted Us: Recovery, Community and Remembrance5. The Compulsion to Repeat: Photography as a Dead EndConclusion: Beyond WordsNotesReferencesIndex.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1472533313
9781472533319 (hardback)
OCLC:
884299224
Publisher Number:
99962546990
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