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The photography of debate and desire: Images, environment and the public sphere


McGaurr, L, The photography of debate and desire: Images, environment and the public sphere, Ethical Space, 13, (2/3) pp. 16-33. ISSN 1742-0105 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Photography has long been a powerful tool of environmental communication and debate. In their efforts to promote environmental issues, landscape and wildlife photographers committed to conservation may provide images to established environmental non-government organisations (ENGOs), appear in activist documentaries, found their own ENGOs, curate websites and social media pages, run galleries or publish books. Yet the same photographs and photography events that feature in activist media may also appear in the editorial sections of commercial newspapers and magazines, and in public relations and advertising for consumer goods. This paper draws on interviews with photographers and ENGO spokespeople in North America to consider the implications for the public sphere of image events that combine activist media and mainstream media to promote environmental concern.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:image event, public screen, public sphere, environmental movements, Great Bear Rainforest
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:McGaurr, L (Dr Lynette McGaurr)
ID Code:109260
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-06
Last Modified:2017-11-09

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