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Keyword Source 1 - Photography at Tian'anmen Square

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Jason Lau Abstract of Keyword Source 1 3/25/12 Photography serves an ideological framework that defines the relationship of the dual functions of Tiananmen Square. Photographs create a relationship between the photographed subject and the social values associated with the subject. They are something that is not merely a result of a mechanical process, but rather something symbolic of both Chinese politics and consumerism. Taking a photographing of oneself at Tiananmen Square allows one to establish a connection and identify with everything that Tiananmen Square represents. Although Tiananmen Square has always been a symbolic monument, since the founding of the PRC it has become an icon revolution and socialism. Photographs of Tiananmen Square have created a space in which the relationship between the state and the individual can exist. Photography in China has become a propaganda apparatus of China’s state ideology. Yomi Braester examines this issue through the two different aspects: photographs and
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Unformatted text preview: documentary footage. Braester utilizes many portraits of people at Tiananmen Square to discuss his proposition. Many of the portraits come from publications including Lao Zhaopian and Tiananmen Qian . He also incorporates text from the narratives that accompany these portraits. In addition, Braester includes descriptions of scenes from the state-sponsored documentary The Birth of New China and another film The Square in order to support his proposition from another perspective. His analysis through the lens of the documentaries allows him to extend his discussion beyond the single frame of photographs. He also remarks that this essay should be read in conjunction with Wu Hang’s Remaking Beijing and also the fourth chapter of his other book Painting the City Red . Braester, Yomi. "Photography At Tiananmen: Pictorial Frames, Spatial Borders, And Ideological Matrixes." Positions 18.3 (2010): 633-670. EBSCO MegaFILE . Web. 25 Mar. 2012....
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