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The Consecration of the Selfie: A Cultural History

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Abstract (French version, Spanish version). The term ‘selfie’ corresponds to a late process of identifying a set of photo or video reflexive practices, related to the emergence of an aesthetic of subjectivity. Exploring the articulation between autonomy of shooting and participation in the action, as well as the take-off produced by conversational uses, this article […]

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Visual Journalism, or the Hidden Narration

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Abstract: Despite the publication of hundreds upon thousands of photographs in the press, most analyses of photojournalism focus on iconic photographs and iconic images in photography. This chapter aims to highlight how such news icons have lost their status as transparent conveyors of information to take on that of upgraded graphic forms, produced by a […]

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This is not a narrative, or how images tell a story

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Abstract. A contribution to the debate on the effects of images, the study of the March of Progress (Rudolph Zallinger, 1965) replaces it into its industrial context. The autonomy helped by the loss of source informations transforms an educational illustration into a universal icon. The understanding of this image does not depend on interpreting its […]

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Reading images: Narrative imageries

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Abstract (French version). Examining the interpretative visual logic at work in popular culture, this article proposes to recognize as a heuristic tool the iconographic group formation process, called narrative imageries, on the model of narrative identity by Paul Ricœur. Dynamic sets generated by commercial success of a representation, these imageries are characterized by a productivity […]

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The defeat “We are Charlie”

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(French original version) The most important French mobilization since the Liberation, can Sunday’s Unity March be considered a «magnificent enthusiasm» of a people who lift up their head in the face of barbarism? I would like to believe it. But the extreme confusion which characterizes the «Republican» reading of the Charlie affair only deepens my […]