Photographing Vladimir Putin: Masculinity, Nationalism and Visuality in Russian Political Culture

Andrew Foxall

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    Abstract

    This article introduces the study of photographs of politicians as an object of geopolitical analysis. It does this through exploring the holiday photographs of Vladimir Putin released by the Kremlin in 2007, 2009, and 2010. Putin's biography provides a backdrop to a detailed analysis of the geopolitical representations contained in the photographs of him. In the same fashion as other images, the photographs seek to provide a contemporary view of events and, at the same time, serve as a medium through which particular political scripts are narrated. The photographs also help to reproduce (and question) hegemonic discourses about public forms of masculinity in Russia. This article is intended to contribute to the debate on how visual images can help make sense of the geopolitical world
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)132-156
    Number of pages25
    JournalGeopolitics
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Political Science and International Relations

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