Lost in translation? Guardrail for analyzing conflict photography

Special Conflict & Peace seminar
Researcher
Dr Tarila Ebiede
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Date
Wednesday 31 May 2023, 16:00 - 17:00
Type
Seminar
Spoken Language
English
Room
Room 3.39
Location
International Institute of Social Studies
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In this seminar, Dr Tarila Ebiede will reflect on the factors that shape the interpretation and use of photographic representations of violence by different actors (media, NGOs, government, private sector).

Whereas warzone photography used to be produced predominantly by western journalists, some of the most iconic photos from war zones in recent times have been captured by everyday citizens with smartphones and shared via social networks such as twitter.

Experienced journalists and protesters-turned-amateur-photographers have their own interpretation of the images they capture and aim to inform wider society about the ongoing violence and give an account of the events. Notwithstanding the intentions and interpretations of the photographers, images captured in war contexts can get ‘lost in translation’.

In this seminar, Dr Tarila Ebiede will reflect on the factors that shape the interpretation and use of photographic representations of violence by different actors (media, NGOs, government, private sector). In particular, he will examine how nuances are ‘lost in translation’ as photos from conflict zones are interpreted for audiences abroad.

 

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