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Art History and Visual Culture Studies
Jan Christian Bernabe
This interdisciplinary study examines the work of Tim Hetherington, a British-American photojournalist who was killed in Libya in April of 2011 while photographing the local uprising. With a focus on the post-9/11 period, this study engages with current issues and contemporary global tensions, including American nationalism, imperialism, and the military. It looks at Hetherington’s photographic archive from West Africa and Afghanistan, as well as his film from Afghanistan, Restrepo, co-produced with Sebastian Junger. Touching first on the origins of photography in the 19th century, this study critiques Hetherington’s projects as pieces of visual culture that utilize race, gender, and sexuality to produce an alternative, counter-hegemonic discourse surrounding the U.S. Empire and its role in the world today.
Tim Hetherington, Restrepo (Motion picture), Documentary photography -- War, Liberty -- Photography, Civil war -- Africa, Photographers -- Storytelling, Documentary photography, War photography -- Afghanistan, War photography -- Africa, Art and war, War photography -- Social aspects, Visual communication, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2012 -- Art History and Visual Culture Studies
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