Week 5, Task 2: Contextual Understanding

pages 9 -11.

Task: Write a short response explaining what stood out to you in their discussion of the two photographic images by the USA photographer Weegee. You can also consider writing style, voice, description, etc. (50-150words)

The two photographic images discussed both are of an extremely violent nature, the first photograph “The First Murder 1938” captures the practice of looking, showing a clear difference between the adult distress and children’s curiosity.

“both the act of looking at the forbidden scene and the capacity of the still camera to capture heightened fleeting emotion” (Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. 11).

what draws to my attention in this discussion is how weegee is able to capture these types of feelings in an image of such distress.

Cited work:

Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics”. Practices Of Looking : An Introduction To Visual Culture.: New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.9-48. Print.


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