Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

DOI

10.1386/eme.10.1-2.7_1

Version

Post-print

Publication Title

Explorations in Media Ecology

Keywords

film studies, wildlife conservation

Subject Categories

English

Abstract

Photography and the modern wildlife conservation movement became entwined soon after their shared emergence in the middle of the 19th century. This article analyzes how photography, film, video, and digital imaging have shaped the movement and continue to exert influence. Images often dictate our knowledge of animal species in the wild, but they can be deceptive, and they have hindered as well as helped conservation efforts. The profusion of wildlife conservation imagery and continued politicized debates over appropriate strategies make it important to investigate the conflicted alliance between mechanical reproduction and the conservation movement.

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