Photography and Peace

  • Frank MöllerEmail author
Living reference work entry


Peace photography is derivative, illustrative, and constitutive of peace: it is dependent on definitions of peace; it exemplifies preexisting understandings of peace; and it shapes and diversifies viewers’ understandings of peace beyond established and taken-for-granted ones. Peace photography is a pluralistic concept. Indeed, different forms of peace require different forms of visual representation just as do different positions on a social group’s trajectory from war to peace. Conversations about different peace photographs – i.e., different photographs that individuals or groups of people regard as depictions of peace – help understand underlying notions of peace as well as the political and social conditions from which these notions emerge. Given that visual images never operate on observers in isolation, it will be very difficult to establish causality between a given photograph and peace. It is, therefore, more productive to conceive of the relationship between...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tampere Peace Research InstituteTampere UniversityTampereFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Johanna Mannergren Selimovic
    • 1
  • Oliver Richmond
    • 2
  • Gëzim Visoka
    • 3
  1. 1.The Swedish Institute of International AffairsStockholmSweden
  2. 2.The University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland