November 15, 2013

British Journal of Photography

On Thursday, the French newspaper Libération ran with no photos, according to a story Friday by Olivier Laurent in the British Journal of Photography.


The empty white space came on the opening day of Paris Photo, in support of the work of press photographers, specifically war photographers, who “barely make a living.” BJP ran Libération journalist Brigitte Ollier’s own explanation.

“A visual shock. For the first time in its history, Libération is published without photographs. In their place: a series of empty frames that create a form of silence; an uncomfortable one. It’s noticeable, information is missing, as if we had become a mute newspaper. [A newspaper] without sound, without this little internal music that accompanies sight.”

Libération has used its space to make statements in the past, too. In May, The Telegraph reported that Libération ran their front page in English, with no translations, in support of allowing French universities to teach in English.

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