Intertextuality and News Photography Production: International Making of a Pictorial Echo

Jonathan Ilan


This article explores intertextuality and the way it connects to international news organizations’ production routines as complex moments and sites of conflict. I demonstrate the unique connection by analyzing a specific event covered by an Israeli Reuters photographer, in which a suicide bomber killed an Israeli officer in an attack near the city of Tulkarem. I conduct an interpretive analysis of the event and its coverage, combined with a semiotic analysis of both the “picture of the event” (selected as such by the Reuters photographer) and an older picture taken by a local Israeli news photographer, used as an intertext.


news photography, international news agency, intertextuality, cultural identityertextuality; Cultural identity

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