Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan (Book)

iProbes and iPhone Photographs

In this timely and highly original merging of theory and practice, conflict photographer and critical theorist Rita Leistner applies Marshall McLuhan’s semiotic theories of language, media, and technology to iPhone photographs taken during a military embed in Afghanistan. In a series of what Leistner calls iProbes—a portmanteau of iPhone and probe—Leistner reveals the face of war through the extensions of man. As digital photography becomes more ubiquitous, and as the phones we carry with us become more advanced, the process of capturing images becomes more democratic and more spontaneous. Leistner’s photos result from both access and impulse. Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan will appeal anyone with an interest in the conflicts in the Middle East, the seminal communications theorist, or iPhone apps and photography.

Category: Film Studies

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Rita Leistner is an interdisciplinary practitioner-theorist. She received a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Toronto, where she teaches a course on documentary photography at Victoria College.

'This book is astonishing!' 

The International Centre of Photography library blog, Deirdre Donohue
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