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A teenage stowaway falling to his death from a DC-8 jet at Sydney…a naked little girl running away screaming from a napalm bomb attack in Vietnam … the execution of a Vietcong prisoner shot in the head at point-blank range by a Saigon police chief: these are just a few of the many still photographs, moments frozen in time, which have made photojournalism such an important and dramatic part of newspaper (and magazine) history. Harold Evans talks of the ‘unbeatable power of the news photograph … the capacity of the single image to lodge itself permanently in the memory’ (1979: 6). He describes photography's ‘uniqueness as a contribution to understanding the world we cannot see for ourselves’, adding that words are not enough to convey ...

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