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The Iconic Photograph and Its Political Space: The Case of Tiananmen Square, 1989

  • Stuart Franklin
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)

Abstract

This chapter will attempt to set out the context within which iconic images have been deployed, with particular reference to photographs taken during and after the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989. The paper will argue that there is a clear intentionality to the way in which some photographs gain ascendancy in the media and within public space, in a process that is organized and effective, lending force to, or accelerating the natural rhetorical power of, the image.

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank the many eyewitnesses and fellow travelers who have come forward with their views and memories of the tragic events of June 1989. Special thanks go to Charlie Cole and John Gittings for insightful comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript. Any errors remain my own.

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  • Stuart Franklin
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  1. 1.Volda University CollegeVoldaNorway

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