Photography and social movements

From the globalisation of the movement (1968) to the movement against globalisation (2001)

By Antigoni Memou

Photography and social movements


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9999-1
  • Pages: 184
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: September 2015
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Photojournalism, Pressure groups & protest movements, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization, PHOTOGRAPHY / History, PHOTOGRAPHY / Photojournalism, The arts / Photographic reportage, Society & social sciences / Demonstrations & protest movements


Now available for the first time in paperback, Photography and social movements is the first thorough study of photography's interrelationship with social movements. Focusing on photographic production and dissemination during the student and worker uprising in Paris in May 1968, the Zapatista rebellion, and the anti-capitalist protests in Genoa in 2001, the book argues that at times of political uprisings, photographic documentations, often contradictory, strive to prevail in the public domain, extending the political or economic struggle to a representational level. Photography plays a central role in this representational conflict, by either reproducing or challenging stereotypical narratives of protest. This groundbreaking interdisciplinary analysis of a wide range of practices - amateur and professional - and of previously unpublished archival material will add considerably to students', researchers' and scholars' knowledge of both the visual imagery of political movements and the developing history of photographic representation.


Chapter I
1.1 Toute la presse est toxique: May 1968 in the mainstream French press
1.2 The Zapatistas and the media spectacle
1.3 'When it bleeds, it leads': death and press photography in the anti-capitalist protests in Genoa 2001
Chapter II
2.1 The student movement of May 1968: activist photography, self-reflection and antinomies
2.2 Zapatistas, photography and the internet or winning the game of visibility
2.3 Carnival against capitalism: global days of action & photographs of resistance
Chapter III
3.1 May '68 in the museum
3.2 The end of silence: Antonio Turok's photographs of the Zapatistas
3.3 Joel Sternfeld's anti-photojournalistic images of Genoa


Antigoni Memou is Lecturer in Art History at the University of East London

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