237.130_A2_W5_TASK 2_Contextual understanding


Felig, Weegee Arthur. The First Murder. Digital image. Johnsheridanart. N.p., 1938. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.

Being a mid-twenty-first-century photographer in the USA, Weegee captures the “hard-core deceptions of crime and violence in the streets of New York” (Sturken, Cartwright, 11). The two photographic images discussed both are of an extremely violent nature, the first photograph “The First Murder 1938” captures the practice of looking, showing a clear difference between the adult distress and children’s curiosity.

“both the act of looking at the forbidden scene and the capacity of the still camera to capture heightened fleeting emotion” – Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright pg 11

The sobering discussion of the second image “Emmet Till’s brutalized body in his casket” addresses the role of images in the exposure of violence and the fascination we have with it (Sturken, Cartwright, 12). It exhibits the power of the photograph as evidence and a record.

Works cited

Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics”. Practices Of Looking : An Introduction To Visual Culture. :New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 9-48. Print.

“John Sheridan-Weegee-Their First Murder.” John Sheridan-Weegee-Their First Murder. N.p., 1938. Web. 04 May 2016.


237.130_A2_W5_TASK 2_Contextual understanding

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