Category Archives: 1 – Captions and Titles

Rhetoric of the Image

Johnathan Culler (1) suggests that the cultural theorist Roland Barthes (1915 – 1980), outside France at least, has replaced Jean Paul Sartre as the leading French intellectual; whilst soon after his death, The New York Times described him as “one of the high … Continue reading

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A4 Research: Images and Text in the Real World or the Politics of Captions

Clive Scott reminds us that “photography in its entirety is an unstable medium” (1: p.78); a point proven, at least to myself, when considering how the intentions of Dorothea Lange’s photographs have been interpreted and reinterpreted as their textual context has changed over many … Continue reading

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Captions and the Appropriation of the Photograph

This photograph is Dorothea Lange’s most famous image, endlessly reproduced and discussed and that has become the most iconic image of the Great Depression. It is shown here with its original caption (i) as written by Lange. It goes beyond Henri … Continue reading

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It’s Not Happening Here But It’s Happening Now – Part 2

In an earlier essay I considered Dawn Woolley’s (1) analysis of the Walker Agency’s 2006 Amnesty International advertising campaign Not Here But Now (here) and was interested to see that she positioned her conclusions in the context of Susan Sontag’s argument, expressed over … Continue reading

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It’s Not Happening Here But It’s Happening Now – Part 1

Dawn Woolley (1) analysed the approach of the Walker Agency’s 2006 Amnesty International advertising campaign and positioned her conclusions in the context of Susan Sontag’s argument that a proliferation of images of suffering has led to our being desensitised. Sontag used the example in 1977 that, because … Continue reading

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