The use of photographs as historical sources, a case study

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This chapter presents a case study of how photographs can offer different anglesof the dynamics involved in a complex observable event or series of events. Asshown in previous research, photographs can only be valid historical sources ifwe are able to interpret them, and that requires the observer’s active participationand the use of additional sources, such as written or oral records. I analyzeeight United Nations (UN) official photographs as part of the founding narrativeof simultaneous interpreting (SI) history. After introducing the theoreticaland methodological background, I present the historical context of SI at theUN. The analysis of the photographs focuses on (1) the SI equipment, (2) theinterpreters, and (3) the users of their services.


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