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Gallery Sixty Six: Using political iconography to express ideas



Iconography is the study of the visual images and symbols associated with a person or movement. When I travel, I seek out icons, and photograph them to express the nature of the place I am visiting. Political iconography can be found anywhere – for example, how a nation uses its flags to celebrate or symbolize its government, or how political posters convey ideas and personalities. I visited Tunisia during the week of a national holiday – New Era Day -- a commemoration of then President Ben Ali’s twenty one years in office beginning on November 7, 1987. His reign over Tunisia lasted until January, 2011. At the time I visited, his image, along with the flag of Tunisia, seemed to be everywhere I looked. The sheer variety of these political banners, and their placement, offer a good start to such a gallery as this. Since political iconography is always viewed through subjective prisms, meaning must depend on the context that each viewer brings to such images, as well as to how I have decided to portray them photographically. I hope to add more example of political iconography to this gallery on my future travels.

I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.