Accepted paper:

Uncommercial Photography: The Impact of Subjective Experience in Visual Travel Propaganda


Sibila Petenji Arbutina (The Higher Technical School of Professional Studies)
Ivana Miskovic (Faculty for Sport and Tourism)

Paper short abstract:

Modern tourists are seeking for new experiences, yearning to learn about other cultures as they. This paper focuses on the needs and possibilities of using an uncommercial photography in tourism purposes, in order to promote destinations and local culture in a more realistic way.

Paper long abstract:

Photography, as a most powerful mean of tourist propaganda and one of the strongest stimulants for travelling, has been developing almost parallel with tourist movements, continually interlacing over the time. The rapid development of photographic and marketing technology has led to the fact that today an image of every tourist destination is easily accessible for everyone. Therefore, in modern means of communication there are a number of different visual depictions of each single photographed space. Majority of those images represent "photogenic" and groomed spaces, while undesirable sights are missing, for the sake of commercial tourist market demand. In a form of an experimental research, photos containing slum images and other realistic representations of popular tourist destinations were selected and displayed to respondents, followed by questions related to their subjective opinions, emotions and intentions to visit or know more about. The aim of this paper is to contribute to tourism and anthropological research by pointing out that representing a destination as a commodity may harm the overall tourist impressions, unless we consider an uncommercial photography as a potential medium to promote a tourist destination in a more realistic way, and thus form the desire for travelling in order to meet local culture and experience a real "spirit" of a destination. Key words: tourism, uncommercial photography, slums, tourist propaganda

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Tourism and Photography