Source #98

Photographs come into existence for different reasons, many of them nothing to do with the intentions of photographers. Public Relations is a profession that seeks to control the way organisations are understood, although the way this is achieved can be murky. This issue of Source aims to illuminate the influence PR has on the photographs that shape public life.

One of the most abstract, and therefore hardest to picture, parts of the economy is the finance sector. Blamed for many of our current political woes and emblematic of the inequalities in contemporary society, it would be easy to believe that the corporations in the City of London have mastered picture control. Clea Bourne is now an academic but used to work in financial PR. She explains that although finance companies can insinuate themselves into the public sphere there are as many limitations on the activities of corporate communications departments including an entrenched suspicion of appearing in photographs.

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