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What Does a Crown Prince Look Like?

A Summer Day in the Monarchical Democracy Bavaria 2020 A “monarchical democracy”1 welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel last summer. What looks like the reception of one head of state by another is actually Angela Merkel’s visit to the Bavarian Cabinet and its Minister President Markus Söder. Why would a domestic political meeting be staged like […]

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Sinister Insights

Photojournalistic series “Nothing Personal – the back office of war” by Nikita Teryoshin This article is not just about one photo, but about an explosive photojournalistic series by Nikita Teryoshin, created since 2016: “Nothing Personal – the back office of war” was recently awarded with the 1st prize of World Press Photo 2020 in Contemporary […]

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Image(rie)s of Science

The Interplay of Science and Images It is hard to imagine media reporting without science images – and not just since the coronavirus pandemic. We encounter them in a wide variety of contexts and functions, ideally attracting attention and support understanding of scientific topics. At the same time, the popularisation of science images shapes the […]

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Was in Clubhouse passiert, bleibt nicht in Clubhouse

Über journalistische Verantwortung – ein Zwischenruf Wenn spontan Spitzenpolitiker wie Bodo Ramelow und Philipp Amthor, stellvertretender BILD-Chefredakteur Paul Ronzheimer, Heute-Show Star Fabian Köster und Journalist Kai Diekmann in einer pandemischen Samstagnacht um halb eins an einer virtuellen Bar diskutieren, befindet man sich auf der App Clubhouse.  Die neue Hype-App Clubhouse ist das digitale Pendant zu […]

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Woman (Un)Equals Man

Women’s Dress in Politics When we look at pictures in the context of politics, we tend to see stately rooms or backdrops and serious-looking men. The photographs evoke thoughts about policies, power, representation – in short, politics. They hardly make us think about something else all those pictures have in common, something so glaringly obvious […]

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Powerful Snapshot

The Relationship between Police and Media Police and media reporting are in a tense relationship with each other, and not just since press photos of so-called “Querdenker“ demonstrations have generated media attention. Since April 2020, demonstrations against government action to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have taken place in many cities. Misinformation is frequently spread here. […]

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Men’s Club

Why Politics Cannot Get Rid of Male Dominance Images have power and they function as important means of communication. They convey values and norms and have the potential to influence our views and attitudes, therefore they have to be considered as complex socio-political sources. Thus, the use of visual representations has always been common to […]

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The Insufficient Visual Representation of Deportation in German Media Alan Kurdi, rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea, the burning Moria camp: These images have violently penetrated our memory, and not by chance. The omnipresent media images have become immaterial mental images1 due to their iconic nature. They are supposed to create awareness of the humanitarian […]

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A Rare Image of the German Chancellor

Emotions in Images – When Rationality No Longer Works Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Germany is facing an increasing number of new Covid-19 infections. Even worse, the country is recording a disturbing record of daily deaths. Chancellor Angela Merkel appeals to the public as well as the elected officials with an emotional speech to further tighten […]