No Caption Needed is a book and a blog, each dedicated to discussion of the role that photojournalism and other visual practices play in a vital democratic society. No caption needed, but many are provided. . . .

December 23rd, 2007

Sight Gags: Figures of Speech

Posted by Lucaites in sight gags


 With the holidays upon us we have decided to take off the next ten days to rest and be with our families.  We will be back on January 3rd.  We want to invite our readers (or those who just happen to stumble upon us) to browse through the pictures and posts we have put up since we began in June.  We also want to thank all who have visited these pages, and especially those who commented or sent us pictures to post and talk about.   WIth the photo below we offer you “Peace on Earth.”    


Photo Credit: Art Rogers © 2002 Pt. Reyes Light

Our primary goal with this blog is to talk about the ways in which photojournalism contributes to a vital democratic public culture. Much of the time that means we are focusing on what purport to be more or less serious matters. But as John Stewart and Stephen Colbert often remind us, democracy needs irony, parody, and pure silliness as much as it needs serious contemplation. For our part, we will dedicate our Sunday posts to putting some of that silliness on display in what we call “sight gags,” democracy’s nod to the carnivalesque. Sometimes we will post pictures we’ve taken, or that have been contributed by others, or that we just happen to stumble across as we navigate our very visual public culture. And we won’t just be limited to photography, as a robust democratic visual culture consists of much more. We typically will not comment beyond offering an identifying label, leaving the images to “speak” for themselves as much as possible. Of course we invite you to comment … and to send us images that you think capture the carnival of contemporary democratic public culture.


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  1. on December 26th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Terrific work gentlemen. Your insights are so greatly appreciated. Your book provides a wonderful resource for those of us who feel compelled, perhaps obsessed, with exploring the connection between what we see in the media and what we know about the world around us. At this time of year, it is always a good thing to recount the things we appreciate — no caption needed would be one of them. Thanks.

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