Occupy the Image

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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 of 2008. Photographic technologies of capture, manipulation and dissemination have become increasingly ubiquitous, operating within and across a plethora of different discourses, from eye witnessing of events to the construction of identity. A particular moment that exemplifies the importance of images for making dissensus visible within the Occupy movement occurred on 18 November 2011, when police officer Lieutenant John Pike pepper-sprayed student protesters at a sit down protest on the University of California's Davis Campus. The footage and subsequent images that emerged from this event show a single line of students sat on the ground linking arms while Lieutenant Pike casually walks up and down the line spraying them with a large canister of 'weapons grade' pepper spray.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotography Reframed
Subtitle of host publicationNew Visions in Contemporary Photographic Culture
EditorsBenedict Burbridge, Annabella Pollen
PublisherI.B. Tauris
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781786724335, 9781786734334, 9781788315838 , 9781784538835, 9781003103806
ISBN (Print)9781784538828, 9781350137745
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Library of Visual Culture
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing


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