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Picturing the Past: Media, History, and Photography
Books by Marquette University Faculty
  • Bonnie Brennen, Marquette University
  • Hanno Hardt, University of Iowa
Photographs shape not only what we remember but also how we remember. Picturing the Past explores the relations between photojournalism and history. Its contributors discuss dramatic changes in the American press's coverage of presidential death from McKinley through Kennedy and the curious distillation of enormous collections of photographs taken during cataclysmic events such as the Civil War and the Holocaust into a handful of images that have become cultural icons. Ranging from the idealization of American life in 1930s photojournalism to the issue of authenticity in documentary photography, these thought-provoking essays examine how photographs influence collective memory, generate a sense of national community, and reinforce the prevailing social, cultural, and political values.
Publication Date
University of Illinois Press

Table of Contents


1. Newswork, History, and Photographic Evidence: A Visual

Analysis of a 1930s Newsroom 11

2. Fact, Public Opinion, and Persuasion: The Rise of the Visual

in Journalism and Advertising

3. The President Is Dead: American News Photography and

the New Long Journalism

4. Reflections on an Editor

5. From the Image of Record to the Image of Memory:

Holocaust Photography, Then and Now

6. The Great War Photographs: Constructing Myths of

History and Photojournalism

7. Objective Representation: Photographs as Facts

8. Fact, Fiction, or Fantasy: Canada and the War to End

All Wars

9. The Family of Man: Readings of an Exhibition

10. Photographing Newswork: From the Archives of the

New York World-Telegram & Sun



Citation Information
Bonnie Brennen and Hanno Hardt. "Picturing the Past: Media, History, and Photography" Urbana(1999) ISSN: 9780252024658
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