Photographing Gaza - do pictures speak of politics?


General Photography, Politics

David Campbell offers a smart take on AP’s censorship of part of the Noorderlicht Festival: “I think both [Noorderlich curator] Franklin and AP are naïve in their view that photographs themselves speak, as though they could construct a larger meaning without text or other related media that put them in context. However, in addition to their censorship of Franklin’s views, AP are especially naïve because the professional Palestinian photographs from within Gaza […] have already been widely circulated and read with a variety of texts creating various meanings. To suggest that these AP photographs should now be stripped of prior associations and rendered ‘apolitical’ is itself the most political stance one can take.”