This Chapter reflects on the popular protests that became collectively known as the Occupy movements and emerged as a response to the global financial crisis in 2008. These protests were characterised by an attempt to reclaim or create egalitarian spaces to practise a more open and accessible democratic debate. The use of the photographic imagery associated with these movements can help us reconsider how photographs are used and re-used within heavily mediated, online social networks. To do so, I explore whether an assumed equality of intelligence, applied across all the various forms of photography provide a productive framework to consider how images are used and re-used. By assuming this a priori logic, we can move beyond questions that are concerned with the originality of an image or its status as document and allow for reconsideration of its use as a catalyst for debate. Acknowledging photography's ontological ambiguity, this chapter explores a social agency for the photograph through which hegemony is contested and a space for political mobilisation is created.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotography Reframed
Subtitle of host publicationNew Visions in Photographic Culture
EditorsBenedict Burbridge, Annabella Pollen
PublisherI.B. Tauris
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781786724335, 9781786734334
ISBN (Print)9781784538835, 9781350137745, 9781784538828
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Library of Visual Culture
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing

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    Devlin, L. (2018). Occupy the Image. In B. Burbridge, & A. Pollen (Eds.), Photography Reframed: New Visions in Photographic Culture (1st ed., pp. 215-224). (International Library of Visual Culture). I.B. Tauris.