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Against the Grain: Photojournalism in Transition-era Spain
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (DEMICOM)
2004 (English)In: The 90th annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 19, 2004.: Winner of a top paper recognition awarded by the Visual Communication Division, 2004Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the fascist dictatorship (1939-1975) in Spain, photojournalism was circumscribed by censorship, as were all other aspects of media and culture.  In the early 1970s, however, in tandem with a growing opposition movement, pro-democracy journalists and periodicals sought to push the boundaries of censorship by giving voice and visibility to critics of the government.  In this context, photography became a tool for denouncing and critiquing the regime.  This essay traces this shift by examining photographs of a pro-democracy demonstration held in Barcelona in February of 1976, three months after the death of dictator Francisco Franco.  Drawing on personal interviews with photojournalists and analysis of photographs and publication context, this essay analyzes photographic practices and the relationship between politics and aesthetics in photographs.  The essay concludes that the examined photographs and practices during a period of censorship in Spain were effective tools for advocacy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004.
Keyword [en]
Photojournalism, history—photojournalists, interviews—Spanish press—Spanish 20th Century history
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26425OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-26425DiVA: diva2:882073
Conference
The 90th annual annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, 2004.
Note

Project funded by the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities.

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