June 16, 2009

Fighting Pictures

If Twitter has played a dominant role in Iran’s post-election events, so too have news photos.

The image of pro-Mousavi demonstrators carrying the body of a man allegedly shot by government militiamen was taken by AP photographer Vahid Salemi on Monday in Azadi Square. Here, a pro-Mousavi demonstrator is protesting with a print-out of the picture on Tuesday. Given the quick turnaround, the image allows the savvy protesters — who specifically toned down the energy level yesterday — to frame the establishment as the aggressors and keep the violence perpetrated on the people in front of the media for a second day.

(image: Getty Images. caption: A supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi holds a picture during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Iran banned foreign media from covering rallies in the country and Iran’s Guardian Council reportedly said that they would recount some of the votes in presidential election that critics say was unfairly won by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinehjad.)

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