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Researchers Sally Young and Fay Anderson pose the question: will changes in technology spell the end of traditional press photography? With Andrew Meares, Chief Photographer, Fairfax Media.

In association with Melbourne University Press

Shooting The Picture is the story of Australian press photography from 1888 to today—the power of the medium, seismic changes in the newspaper industry, and photographers who were often more colourful than their subjects. This groundbreaking book explores our political leaders and campaigns, crime, war and censorship, international events, disasters and trauma, sport, celebrity, gender, race and migration. It maps the technological evolution in the industry from the dark room to digital, from picturegram machines to iPhones, and from the death knock to the ascendancy of social media. It raises the question whether these changes will spell the end of traditional press photography as we know it.

About the authors

Associate Professor Fay Anderson lectures in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. She has published widely on media history, war journalism, genocide, photography and violence. Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath's book Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting was published by MUP in 2011. 

Associate Professor Sally Young is a reader in political science and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow for 2014-17. She has published extensively in the areas of Australian politics, Australian media, political communication and journalism studies and writes a monthly column for Fairfax Media.

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