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"This targeted research deals a political research of the connection among visible representations and the politics of violence either nationally and the world over. It emphasizes the spectator and his or her personal involvement in, accountability for, and capability responses to the stipulations depicted in given photos. via a chain of case experiences which have interaction with visible representations of the politics of violence,  Read more...

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To take away from; ... 42 This seems to be pretty much the opposite of supplement. In this reading, explaining a photograph means reducing it, making it (appear) smaller, reducing its power and taking something away from it. What is this something? One way of answering this question is with reference to what David MacDougall calls the ‘excess meaning’43 that images invariably carry with them, a multitude of meanings which is hard to control. Acknowledging the irreducibility of images to one meaning is an exercise in ‘work[ing] with difference and not by reducing difference’,44 a commitment that cultural studies and peace research share.

8 In what is perhaps his most famous contribution to the discourse of photography, ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility’,9 Benjamin argues that captions, serving as signposts, give directives to those looking at pictures in the illustrated magazines. Peter Gilgen has noted that the combination of image and caption in Benjamin’s thought should not be understood as an intellectual one-way street but as ‘an intellectual stereoscopic effect: the image gains in profile through the verbal information conveyed in the caption; from the accompanying image this information gains persuasive power.

Diminish means to ‘make (or cause to appear) smaller; to lessen; to reduce in magnitude or degree.... To lessen in estimation, or power; to put down, degrade; to belittle ... To take away from; ... 42 This seems to be pretty much the opposite of supplement. In this reading, explaining a photograph means reducing it, making it (appear) smaller, reducing its power and taking something away from it. What is this something? One way of answering this question is with reference to what David MacDougall calls the ‘excess meaning’43 that images invariably carry with them, a multitude of meanings which is hard to control.

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