Photographs, Trauma and the Ownership of the Dead

Writing the 'Troubles'

By Matthew Gault

On 30 August, public and digital anthropologist Kate Ellenberger began a discussion on Twitter about using images of the deceased, in particular of their bodies, without the consent of family members. She also reflected on the impact these images can have on readers. In Northern Ireland we frequently see images of the dead and of the aftermath of violence shared through print media, documentaries, and increasingly through social media. These images are widely shared and seen as either in the public domain or of historical value. Yet for many within Northern Ireland, and further afield, these are images of events that caused trauma or changed their lives dramatically. I believe that the use of images of the dead of the ‘Troubles’ raises four important questions. Firstly, why use images of the dead and of atrocities at all? Secondly, what are the potential risks of using these…

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