Faculty Publications

Title

The Trouble with Iconic Images: Historical Timelines and Public Memory

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Visual Communication Quarterly

Volume

21

Issue

4

First Page

223

Last Page

235

Abstract

The growth of digital archives gives visual communicators the opportunity to construct alternative historical narratives that go beyond traditional, hegemonic “great men” discourse. This digital revolution in archival media opens up access to previously unknown images and provides the possibility that these images could broaden and transform collective memory. Interactive timelines are one way to utilize such archival material to create more democratic, bottom-up histories, and make them widely available through the web. The author critically describes the development of one interactive timeline that taps into more than 20 photographic archives to visually articulate and synthesize public memories of modern Hungarian history, with the goal of enriching and expanding collective memory.

Original Publication Date

10-2-2014

DOI of published version

10.1080/15551393.2014.987282

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