Authoring Lives and the Burden of Representation: Dilemmas and Contradictions of Photojournalism

Mr Peter Davis
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An examination of some the current practices and dilemmas of photojournalism, particularly with regard to the documenting of pain and of otherness. This is looked at in the context of the death of the photo essay and the relegation of the photojournalist to that of a hunter/gatherer. In support of my argument of a current crissi of photojournalism I draw on some of my own practical experience and I include some of my images and captions with this paper.

Keywords: Photojournalism, Representation, Otherness, Story Telling
Stream: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Authoring Lives and the Burden of Representation

Mr Peter Davis

Senior Lecturer, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University

Peter Davis is a writer/photographer and Senior Lecturer in Creative Non-fiction at Deakin University and the inaugural co-ordinator of the Deakin University Network of Image, Text & Technology. He has published stories and images from many locations around the world and has worked as a contributing writer/photographer for Lonely Planet books on India. He is regularly documents development projects in the Asia Pacific for AusAID and he is co-author/photographer of two books on Asian elephants. His current research involves an analysis of the changed meaning of images in the digital age.

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