Public identity and collective memory in U.S. iconic photography: the image of ‘accidental napalm’

Hariman, R. & Lucaires, J. L. (2003). Public identity and collective memory in U.S. iconic photography: the image of ‘accidental napalm’. Critical Studies in media Communication, 20(1), 35-66.

In this research Hariman & Lucaires are investigating the worldfamous photograph Accidental Napalm. This picture has become an iconic representation of the horror of the war in Viëtnam. This one picture reminds people of a much bigger story than represented by the picture itself.  By using this photograph in the media, a public judgement of the war was constructed. This photograph has had an enormous effect on the public conciousness and opinion about the conflict in Viëtnam. This article can be an important addition to my research, since it shows how powerfull visual representation can be in society and how it can play a big role in important situations worldwide.