De l'efficacité de l'artifice

Jason E. Hill
2010 Études Photographiques  
In June 1940, the progressive New York City tabloid PM published an image from the Soviet/German front that had just been transmitted by radio from Moscow to New York. The wartime exigencies of communications across Europe and the primitive state of the radiophoto technology at the time of transmission combined to produce in this image a striking hybridity, manifest in its status as both photographic and, because visibly retouched, handmade. Activating the very inability to identify its medium,
more » ... dentify its medium, PM deployed this image as a component within its larger project of challenging the prevailing, and often dubious, journalistic discourse of photographic objectivity. In PM's pages, this radiophoto was shown to function not as objective reportage, but rather asmerely another gambit in the wartime photojournalistic contest of credibility.
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