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Body Horror: Photojournalism, Catastrophe and War

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:421
  1. Abi Berger, science editor
  1. BMJ

    John Taylor

    Manchester University Press, £15.99, pp 210

    ISBN 0 7190 3722 0

    The thing about looking at photographs is that we have a choice of whether to engage with the event depicted or not. We may have little concept of what preceded the picture being taken or what happened immediately afterwards, but we can look with utter detachment or we can get involved. Much of Body Horror discusses the apparent sanitisation of war and other traumatic situations by the media's adoption of policies designed more to protect the viewer than …

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