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Human Rights, Visual Rhetoric

Human Rights, Visual Rhetoric

Photojournalism and the War in Afghanistan

(p.61) 2 Human Rights, Visual Rhetoric
Distant Wars Visible
Wendy Kozol
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter further analyzes the ambivalences of media witnessing through a study of the visual rhetorics of women’s human rights in Associated Press photographs of Afghan women caught up in the War on Terror. I critique visual encounters with spectacles of Orientalism to consider the possibilities of recognition within human rights discourse.

Keywords:   Visual Witnessing, War on Terror, U.S. militarism, Women’s Human Rights, Photojournalism, Abu Ghraib, Orientalism, Conflict Photography, Humanitarianism, Ethical spectatorship

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