Eyes on Labor News Photography and America's Working Class

ISBN-10: 0199768234
ISBN-13: 9780199768233
Edition: 2012
Authors: Carol Quirke
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Description: Eyes on Labornarrates an essential chapter in American cultural history, offering a fascinating broad-stroke history of the relationship of photography to the complex and troubled history of twentieth-century labor and unionization movements. It  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Eyes on Labornarrates an essential chapter in American cultural history, offering a fascinating broad-stroke history of the relationship of photography to the complex and troubled history of twentieth-century labor and unionization movements. It examines a subject that is critical to understanding the Great Depression, the New Deal, and beyond-organized labor-in the form of its representation in a realm that has received little attention-news photography. The book provides simultaneously, a detailed history of the representation (and self-representation) of labor within labor movements (something rarely addressed, given the usual focus on iconic photographs and images of heroic, idealized workers), and of the labor movement more generally, with the process of representation highlighted as its principal narratives.It focuses on "instrumentalist" labor photojournalism, and, in particular, the visualization of militance, addressing the antithesis of the focus of the (oft-studied) Farm Security Administration. Quirke chronicles how labor activism was documented and also how that documentation--mediated by certain publications--legitimated, expanded, and also limited organized labor's role in mid-century U.S. politics and society. Her weaving of contexts and specifics, different moments of the past and their echoes today, is sure-footed. In short, she shows that photography was essential to a larger battle of national attitudes toward labor movements and the broader unionization movement in the US during the first half of the 20th century

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "The Central Instrument of Our Time"
"The Quick Nervousness of Pictures Is a New Language": Organized Labor Before Photojournalism
Consuming Labor: LIFE Magazine and Mass Production Unionism, 1936-1942
Bitter Kisses: Pictures of the Hershey Chocolate Sit-Down Strike, April 1937
"Strike Photos Are Star Witnesses": Photographs and Newsreels of Chicago's Memorial Day Massacre, May 1937
Steel Labor and the United Steelworkers of America's Culture of Constraint, 1936-1950
"This Picture Shows What We Are Fighting For": Local 65 Distributive Workers' Rank-and-File Photography, 1933-1953
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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