Film, Images & Historical Interpretation in the 20th Century: The Camera Never Lies

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  • Introduction
    • We will explore the issues associated with the use of images as a source for historical research and consider a number of examples where image manipulation has been uncovered
  • Images and History in the Twentieth Century
    • We will review a number of cases studies where images have either shaped our opinion of events or have been suppressed from the public at the time, to avoid adverse or negative reaction.
  • The Air-Brushing of History: Stalin and Falsification
    • The cause célèbre' of historical manipulation - Joseph Stalin. The 'air brushing' of historical records, and in this case the literal airbrushing of Soviet images in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Photojournalism, Authenticity and Matters of Public Acceptability: The Battle of Mogadishu
    • With respect to Reportage and the use of images as a evidential record, should we condemn Stalin in the last 20th and early 21th century? We use an example from 1993 to illustrate this point.
  • The Power of the Image: Mount Suribachi, 1945
    • The photograph of the raising of the flag at Mt. Suribachi was a Pulitzer Prize winning image, and the base of the film 'The Flag of our Fathers'. We will explore the use of the still and the motion picture to influence our opinion.
  • From Page to Screen: Film as Public History
    • What is 'Public History'? How do photographs and films with an historical theme shape our awareness of historical events and our memories?