The favelas through the lenses of photographers: Photojournalism from community and mainstream media organisations

Baroni, Alice (2015) The favelas through the lenses of photographers: Photojournalism from community and mainstream media organisations. Journalism Practice, 9(4), pp. 597-613.

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Abstract

Photographers from community and mainstream media organisations bring the everyday of favela communities to the attention of Rio de Janeiro’s society from different perspectives. While mainstream photojournalists mainly report on favelas from outside to inside, denouncing wrongdoings and human rights abuses, community photographers do it from the opposite direction, from inside to outside, presenting images of the everyday life of favela communities. This paper takes an ethnographic and discursive approach to comparing these two categories of photographers to ask how their different practices can yield benefits for the people living in marginalised communities. Furthermore, by adapting Foucault and Bourdieu’s theories, this study examines photographers’ habitus so as to determine how cultural capital and economic capital that they possess shape their subjectivity and, as such, the fields of community and mainstream photojournalism. This study has no intention of creating polarised distinctions between community and mainstream photojournalism. Instead, the research aims, through the investigation of the working practices, identities, and discourses of photographers from community and mainstream media organisations, to identify the activities and limitations of both community and mainstream in order to build an understanding about how the media ecology works best within both.

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ID Code: 83755
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism: Co-operation, collaboration and connectivity
Keywords: working practices, photojournalism, favelas, identity, Brazil, community photographers
DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2015.1030145
ISSN: 1751-2794
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2015 22:24
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 21:49

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