Immigrant-related visual themes in the press of two new receiver countries (Greece and Spain) | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1539-7785
  • E-ISSN: 2048-0717



Photographs look objective and truthful when in fact they are affected by the human factor and by the ideology of the society in which they are produced. In turn, they recycle this ideology by creating models upon which we pattern ourselves and our environment. Taking a comparative perspective, this article explores the visual themes used in five newspapers in Greece and Spain to represent immigrants, given that the thematic context in which immigrants appear is crucial for the viewers’ perception of the depicted people. Press photographs are treated as cultural text, capable of conveying meaning independent of the accompanying report or article, and are analysed using content analysis. The results of this research show that press photographs place immigrants in a rather narrow frame of reference, directing public opinion towards associating them with specific ‘functions’ in society and preventing their association with the normality of life.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): Greece; images; immigrants; press photographs; Spain; visual
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