the Roland-Faelske-Award 2016
as a fundamental aspect of the human condition consistently
strains the boundaries of what is representable through mediatized
communication. Whereas photography has a long-standing history
as leading medium for the representation of war, the graphic
memoir in recent years gained substantial influence in visualizing
the experience of crises and traumatic experiences, as well.
As a first book-length account of the phenomenon Shooting
Pictures, Drawing Blood details the characteristics of both
media and explores their interrelations in the representation
of war. Drawing on concepts from several disciplinary fields
including visual cultural studies, (social) semiotics,
as well as narrative theory and intermediality studies
Schmid outlines the field and offers close readings of the four
most prominent graphic war memoirs that integrate photographs
in their negotiation of the topic.