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‘Life between fingers’: A response to news photography of an ‘urban ghetto.’

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Visual Communication Quarterly
Issue number1
Volume21
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)14-23
Publication statusPublished
Early online date16/04/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This photo essay updates research previously presented in Visual Communication Quarterly about news characterizations of a “Black neighborhood” in Iowa City, Iowa. Shot by preschoolers in the city's Southeast Side, the images in this essay—peppered with the inadvertent appearance of the photographers' fingers—added to an artistic value that cast life there being other than dangerous, dark, and devious. Whereas hands can often be used to conceal, the fingers in these photographs frame special and specific glimpses of life, ultimately presenting a counternarrative to neighborhood characterizations constructed by news photographs.