The spectacle of suffering and death: the photographic representation of war in Greek newspapers.

Konstantinidou, C. (2008 ). The spectacle of suffering and death: the photographic representation of war in Greek newspapers. Visual communications, 7(2), 143-169.

This article analyses photographes used in Greek newspapers to represent the Second Iraq War and pays special attention to the way human suffering is visual constructed. Konstantinidou did his research by using two case studies of pictures used in Greek newspapers. The first case study concerns the photograph called The soundless cry of a child, which was used in the number one newspaper of Greece and for local demonstrations. The second case study focused on a set of three pictures, named The Ali Abbas Story which have had a lot of international attention. Konstantinidou found out how the way the victims were portrayed influenced  the inherent Western view on the Others and also provoked critical views on the US/UK foreign policies. Besides that the visual representations created compassion and support for the suffering.

This article can play an informative role in my research, since it examines the visual representation of a war in Western newspapers and shows the effects of it on the opinions of the public.