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No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy
by Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites
University of Chicago Press, 2007
Cloth: 978-0-226-31606-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-31612-3
Library of Congress Classification E169.12.H369 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.0973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In No Caption Needed, Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites provide the definitive study of the iconic photograph as a dynamic form of public art. Their critical analyses of nine individual icons explore the photographs themselves and their subsequent circulation through an astonishing array of media, including stamps, posters, billboards, editorial cartoons, TV shows, Web pages, tattoos, and more. Iconic images are revealed as models of visual eloquence, signposts for collective memory, means of persuasion across the political spectrum, and a crucial resource for critical reflection.
Arguing against the conventional belief that visual images short-circuit rational deliberation and radical critique, Hariman and Lucaites make a bold case for the value of visual imagery in a liberal-democratic society. No Caption Needed is a compelling demonstration of photojournalism’s vital contribution to public life.


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