Killing for Show: Photography, War, and the Media in Vietnam and Iraq (Hardback)Julian Stallabrass (author)
- Temporarily unavailable
Stay one step ahead and let us notify you when this item is next available to order
We will contact you when this item is next available to order.
In the autumn of 2014, the Royal Air Force released blurry video of a missile blowing up a pick-up truck which may have had a weapon attached to its flatbed. This was a lethal form of gesture politics: to send a GBP9-million bomber from Cyprus to Iraq and back, burning GBP35,000 an hour in fuel, to launch a smart missile costing GBP100,000 to destroy a truck or, rather, to create a video that shows it being destroyed. Some lives are ended-it is impossible to tell whose-so that the government can pretend that it taking effective action by creating a high-budget snuff movie. This is killing for show.
Since the Vietnam War the way we see conflict-through film, photographs, and pixels-has had a powerful impact on the political fortunes of the campaign, and the way that war has been conducted. In this fully illustrated and passionately argued account of war imagery, Julian Stallabrass tells the story of post-war conflict, how it was recorded and remembered through its iconic photography.
The relationship between war and photograph is constantly in transition, forming new perspectives, provoking new challenges: what is allowed to be seen? Does an image have the power to change political opinion? How are images used to wage war? Stallabrass shows how photographs have become a vital weapon in the modern war: as propaganda-from close-quarters fighting to the drone's electronic vision-as well as a witness to the barbarity of events such as the My Lai massacre, the violent suppression of insurgent Fallujah or the atrocities in Abu Ghraib.
Through these accounts Stallabrass maps a comprehensive theoretical re-evaluation of the relationship between war, politics and visual culture.
Killing for Show offers:
190 photographs encompassing photojournalism, artists' images, photographs by soldiers and amateurs and dronesA comprehensive comparison of the role of photography in the Vietnam and Iraq WarsAn explanation of the waning power of iconic images in collective memoryAn analysis of the failure of military PR and the public display of killingA focus on what can and cannot be seen, photographed and publishedAn exploration of the power and limits of amateur photographyArguments about how violent images act on democracy This full-color book is an essential volume in the history of warfare and photography
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 354
Weight: 1229 g
Dimensions: 289 x 224 x 27 mm
You may also be interested in...
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?
Or, add to basket, pay online, collect in as little as 2 hours, subject to availability.