Night and Day: A Visual Diptych of Hate and Horror in Charlottesville

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This article critically analyzes a pair of photographs from the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017: Samuel Corum’s nighttime image of torch-bearing protesters on the University of Virginia campus and Ryan Kelly’s Pulitzer Prize-winning daytime image of counterprotesters falling through the air as James A. Fields Jr. rammed his car into them, killing Heather Heyer. Using a close reading of the images as texts—considering their production, contrasts, and resonances—we argue that the photographs form a temporal, technical, and theoretical diptych of anger, hate, fear, confusion, and sorrow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-57
Number of pages13
JournalVisual Communication Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Education


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