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Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286368

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286368.001.0001

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Visa Pour l’Image

Visa Pour l’Image

Personal Visions and Amateur Documents

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(p.223) 6 Visa Pour l’Image
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Image Brokers
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Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286368.003.0007

This chapter discusses Perpignan, the world's largest celebration of photojournalism, held in southern France in early autumn. Visa Pour l'Image celebrates artistic and subjective vision simultaneously with the belief in an indisputable visual truth-telling. Importantly, it is also a celebration of mobility, both of images and of photographers. Based on Visa 2003 and 2004, this chapter looks at photojournalism's confrontation with the amateur threat posed by the rise of citizen journalism and the abuse photographs taken by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib, which are considered by many to be the definitive images of the war in Iraq. It focuses on the production of ideals of authorship and individual ways of seeing, “personal vision,” alongside the differentiation between local photographers who document specific news events and cosmopolitan photojournalists praised for their masterful storytelling.

Keywords:   Perpignan, Visa Pour l'Image, citizen journalism, local photographers, cosmopolitan photojournalists, photojournalism

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