Abstract

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
Chapter23
Pages215-224
Number of pages10
Edition1st
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.