Panel 5: The Power of Photography

Panel 5: The Power of Photography

Emma West
“The Greater Britain of Fascists”: Politics and photomontage in Action (1936-1940)

Published weekly between February 1936 and May 1940, Action was the official organ of the British Union of Fascists (BUF). With its anti-establishment take on current affairs, accessible introductions to international politics, and lighter features like its woman’s, sport and book review pages, the newspaper cultivated a populist appeal, more…

Giulia Pra Floriani
Transmediality and the construction of a national imagery: Portraits of Republican leaders in the Chinese popular media (1912-1913)

Photography embodies the prominence of machines and the accelerated rhythms embedded in each form of situated modernity. After the introduction into China of dry-plates and half-tone, … revolutionaries and artists employed this medium to spread their political thought, more…

Josie Johnson
Mutable modernity: Margaret Bourke-White’s Soviet photographs in magazines

This paper traces the dissemination of photographs made in Russia by American photographer Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971). Shortly after her high-profile hire with Fortune magazine, Bourke-White travelled to Moscow, eventually completing three round-trip journeys to the Soviet Union between 1930 and 1932. more…

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