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Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images - Julian Stallabrass
  • Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images - Julian Stallabrass
  • Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images - Julian Stallabrass
  • Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images - Julian Stallabrass


VIDEO: Julian Stallabrass discusses the Photoworks publication Memory Of Fire, it’s importance and the challenges he faced as its editor. 


Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images - edited by Julian Stallabrass

Essays by: Coco Fusco, Stefaan Decostere, Sarah James, Rita Leistner and Julian Stallabrass. 

Includes interviews with: Broomberg and Chanarin, Philip Jones Griffiths, Geert Van Kesteren and Trevor Paglen. 

Illustrations include work by: Simon Norfolk, Paul Seawright, Thomas Hirschhorn, Don McCullin, Tim Page, Ashley Gilbertson, Susan Meiselas, Sebastiao Salgado, Stephanie Sinclair, and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad.

This richly illustrated book is a visual, theoretical and historical resource about the photography of war, and how images are used as instruments of war. It comprises essays and interviews by prominent theorists, artists and photographers and covers the urgent issues of the depiction of war, the use of images of war by the media, various forms of censorship, the military as a PR and image-producing machine, the circulation of unofficial images and the impact of the digital mediascape.

High-level critical texts about the image war and the reproduction of some of the most compelling images of war, offer readers a unique experience.

Memory of Fire draws on content gathered for the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial, curated by the book’s editor Julian Stallabrass, supplemented with commissioned texts and interviews. Covering a range of twentieth-century war photography from the Russian Revolution to current wars, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, many types of images are illustrated and analysed, from large-scale museum photography and artist installations, through photojournalism and official army propaganda, through to amateur images made by soldiers and civilians.

Designed by SMITH, Printed by EBS, Verona

Published June 2013
220mm x 150mm
228 pages
250+ colour and B&W plates
ISBN: 978-1-903796-49-8


“…empowers the reader to conjecture, providing a place to stand in the unending vortex of war and its representation.”
1000 Words Photography Magazine

“As we witness one more threatened invasion, Memory of Fire is a timely reminder.”

“…worthwhile to anyone interested in the contemporary challenges of war photojournalism.”

“…a well-considered, often stirring take on not just war photography, but the evolving, and arguably fraught, state of photojournalism in the twenty-first century.”

“…from Broomberg and Chanarin’s highly abstracted, conceptual work to descriptions of guards ‘gyrating half-clothed atop seated prisoners’…incredibly affecting.”


Inspection Copies

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Video: Julian Stallabrass and Oliver Chanarin

Julian Stallabrass and Oliver Chanarin discuss ‘Images of War’


Memory of Fire Book Launch

Presented by Photoworks in partnership with Culture+Conflict UK, with the support of Amnesty International, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Council.