What Is the Dominant?
This chapter discusses Agence France-Press (AFP), one of the three largest global news agencies and produces original reportage—both text and photographs and video—for news publications worldwide that subscribe to what is often still referred to as its “wire feed” despite the obsolescence of this medium. Prior to digitalization, AFP would rarely compete with a photo agency because its job was defined as producing fast photographs that summarized an event in a single shot. The chapter analyzes the politics of visualizing world news in the daily practices of image brokers at AFP's Paris headquarters shortly after the circulation of the infamous photographs of Abu Ghraib prison and amid the first wave of beheading images as Iraq was once again declared a sovereign nation. Specifically, it addresses crises of visualization amid the emergence of new kinds of image brokers who digitally circulate their own representations.
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