Memory of Fire.
Images of War and the War of Images.
Edited by Julian Stallabrass, Essays by Coco Fusco, Stefaan Decostere, Sarah James, Rita Leistner and Julian Stallabrass.
Photoworks, 2013. 224 pp., 250 color and black & white illustrations, 8½x6".
Bringing together and updating material collated for the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial, this book offers an important theoretical and historical resource about the photography of war, and how images are used as instruments of war.
High level criticial texts by prominent theorists cover the urgent issues of the depiction of war, the use of images of war by the media, various forms of censorship, the military as a PR and image-producing machine, the circulation of unofficial images and the impact of the digital mediascape.
Scoping twentieth-century war photography from the Russian Revolution to current wars, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, many types of images are illustrated and analysed, from large-scale museum photography and artist installations, through photojournalism and official army propaganda, through to amateur images made by soldiers and civilians.
Published by Photoworks, designed by SMITH, printed by EBS Verona
(WARNING: Contains graphic images of war and violence)
Works by Broomberg & Chanarin, Philip Jones Griffiths, Geert Van Kesteren and Trevor Paglen, Simon Norfolk, Paul Seawright, Thomas Hirschhorn, Don McCullin, Tim Page, Ashley Gilbertson, Susan Meiselas, Sebastiao Salgado, Stephanie Sinclair, and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad.
Read Karen Jenkins' review of Memory of Fire on photo-eye Blog.