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Theorising MediaPower, Form and Subjectivity$
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John Corner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082603

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082603.001.0001

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Documentary expression and the physicality of the referent: writing, painting and photography

Documentary expression and the physicality of the referent: writing, painting and photography

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(p.167) 7 Documentary expression and the physicality of the referent: writing, painting and photography
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Theorising Media
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John Corner

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082603.003.0008

This chapter analyses the physicality of the referent and the documentary expression in the media. It explores some aspects of the proto-pictorial quality of documentary expression in writing and compares it with that in painting, to which notions of documentary can be applied only with some awkwardness. The chapter also examines how the photographic image works within its distinctive alignments of the pictorial and the physical. It evaluates three written documents, including George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm and the The Guardian newspaper's reporting of the September 11 terrorist attacks the following day.

Keywords:   media, documentary expression, writing, painting, photographic image, George Orwell, Wigan Pier, Sebastian Junger, Perfect Storm, Guardian

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