The Politics of Wire Service Photography: Infrastructures of representation in a digital newsroom

by Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

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By Zeynep Devrim Gürsel This article examines the politics of image brokering in the daily rituals of a major wire service’s photography division. Specifically, it investigates crises of visualization: moments when routine visualization itself is challenged due to changes in infrastructures of representation. The transition to digital transmission has changed work of image brokers—people involved in the creation, validation, packaging and circulation of images. New image brokers and changed infrastructures of representation challenge established hierarchies and who provides and polices news images. At a moment when the war on terror is also a war of images, battles over the infrastructures of representation are battles over the visual.