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The importance of space in photojournalist accounts of the anti-austerity protests in Greece.

Veneti, A., Reilly, P. and Lilleker, D., 2022. The importance of space in photojournalist accounts of the anti-austerity protests in Greece. In: Morrison, J., Birks, J. and Berry, M., eds. Routledge Companion to Political Journalism. UK: Routledge.

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Although it is widely recognised that images play a key role in contentious politics, there remains little research into the spatial factors that shape photojournalist practice during political protests. This paper explores the interactions between photojournalists, police and protesters during public demonstrations, with a specific focus on how space and the (physical) positioning of the former influences their practices. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach drawing on the literature on the social production of space (Lefebvre, 1967), Tilly’s (2003) the spatial perspective on contentious politics, photography (Azoulay, 2012), and photojournalism, our research questions are addressed through an empirical study of photojournalists active in Greece since 2010. The chapter presents the results of a critical thematic analysis of 20 semi-structured interviews conducted with Greek photojournalists between 2015 and 2016. These perspectives are explored in this study due to the frequency with which Greek anti-austerity protests have led to violent confrontations between police and protesters. Our findings show that accessibility to protest spaces, the relationships between professional photographers and other actors involved in protests as well as space affordances constitute vital components of the final visual outcomes that are published and ignite political imaginations about such events.

Item Type:Book Section
Series Name:Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions
Number of Pages:470
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:36120
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Oct 2021 11:00
Last Modified:21 Apr 2023 01:08


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