Representation of Public Space in the Photo (Photo Journalism Semiotic Analysis by Peter Bialobrzeski)

Tommy Satriadi Nur Arifin


Today, issues of public space are still a concern that the media becomes important and interesting news, including photojournalism. Photojournalism is perfectly capable of recording events that have high credibility. Peter Bialobrzeski haes taken some photographs in Jakarta, Indonesia have won the second rank at World Press Photo competition in the 2009 Nature Stories category. These photos could have a representation of public space. Semiotics is used to reading on the photos. Semiotic have two forms reading: denotation and connotation. Denotation is a verbal picture reading based on what is contained in the image. The connotation is reading the picture of the constituent elements of the photo. Intertextuality act as "proof" of reading by researchers that the photo has a meaning that has a foundation of knowledge. The fact that the environmental problems caused by the absence of public space in the form of green open spaces give rise to various forms of pollution: air, light, and sound. Energy waste due to excessive use of resources, the attitude of people who have high-tech but low moral responsibility towards fellow human beings and the environment, environmental information of a scientific nature that makes it difficult to understand the public low environmental awareness.

Key Words: Public Space; Green Open Spaces; Photojournalism; World Press Photo; Semiotic Analysis; Intertextuality.


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