Why do we see images of death, disaster and trauma every day?

Why do the media use shocking images? What impact do these images have on our relationships and our understanding of human conflict?

  • Mon 6 Nov 17

    17:30 - 19:30

  • Off Campus

    Firstsite, Colchester

  • Event speaker

    Professor Eamonn Carrabine

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017

  • Event organiser

    Sociology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Professor Eamonn Carrabine

Why do we look at the misfortune of others from the comfort of a screen? What is the ethical role of the media in our lives today?

Professor Eamonn Carrabine from our Centre for Criminology addresses the use of violent images. He explores how some of the most famous photographers of violence, including Don McCullins’ war images and Weegee’s crime scenes, have covered carnage and tragedy in their work.

He also explores how contemporary practitioners, like Simon Norfolk, Antonio Olmos and Sophie Ristelhueber have developed approaches that challenge the oversimplification of today’s photojournalism.

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