The Elusive Enemy: A Look Back at the Visual Culture of the "War on Terror"

Campbell, David
November 2011
Foreign Policy in Focus;11/11/2011, p4
The author shares his insights about the visual culture of conflict against the Al Qaeda. He believes that if news photography and photojournalism are given focus, an understanding of the visual culture of the war on terror will come about both as beginning and ending with absence. He thinks that the moral geography mapped out by the U.S. was indebted to notions of identity/difference with U.S. foreign policy. He acknowledges the difficulty of representation of this real yet virtual conflict.


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