Each day we are bombarded with images. While most of the images we see come to us in an online form (social media, digital photos) some of the most prominent historical images come to us in the form of print newspapers. Think back to any significant event in history: the flag raising at Iwo Jima, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, or the attacks on 9/11. There is no doubt that you can recall powerful images of those events. Those images are powerful not just because of their subject matter, but also because of their prominence. These images were on the front pages of newspapers across the country.
The process by which images are selected and put in newspapers is a complicated one. Several scholars, most notably Shahira Fahmy, have authored studies in order to better explain the image selection process for newspapers. However, Fahmy’s analysis falls short in terms of how it understands the influence an audience can have over photo editors. This exhibit will showcase a selection of images from a major D.C. newspaper and a college newspaper. After viewing this exhibit, viewers will be able to see how an audience can influence photo editors.