An interrogation of the visual power of the ‘horrific’ image: past, present and future

Beard, Charlotte (2016) An interrogation of the visual power of the ‘horrific’ image: past, present and future. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This research was designed to interrogate the power of atrocity images throughout history, leading up to the present day. Using socio-historical contextualisation and hermeneutic research, this Dissertation explores the influence of Nazi propaganda and draws a connection between the anti-Semitic propaganda of the Holocaust and the anti-Muslim propaganda which is prevalent in contemporary society. This Dissertation uses textual analysis to assess Holocaust films and raise the question as to whether audiences watch these productions for education or for enjoyment and whether a Holocaust ‘gaze’ has been established within society; This debate further extends to the notion of Holocaust museums and concentration camps which are open to the general public and can be viewed as dehumanising. With regards to atrocity images from the present day, this study explores ISIS as an influential propagandist organisation – whose barbaric image output can arguably be compared to those released by the Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust. It is further argued in this Dissertation that the current Refugee ‘crisis’ and the victimising images are comparable to those of Holocaust victims. To summarise, this piece assesses the use of horrific images for propaganda purposes throughout history, and draws from present day examples as a comparison of effectiveness.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 15:04
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 15:04
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22667

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