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Art and Design / March 8, 2021

Former House of Commons photographer chronicles the ‘real’ stories overlooked by banal coverage of the Royals

Art and Design / March 8, 2021

Former House of Commons photographer chronicles the ‘real’ stories overlooked by banal coverage of the Royals

By Emily Mullen

Mark Duffy’s zine is an indictement of the UK media’s coverage of “the lives of a particular family”

The alarming state of journalism has long been highlighted through the endless examples of click-bait headlines, sensationalized stories, and deceptive images- available to us each and every day. But it’s the prioritization of “news” coverage that jars with photographer Mark Duffy. The former House of Commons photographer has created a zine called “BREAKING NEWS: A Royal Wedding Souvenir”- which pairs headlines plucked from the BBC front page with images of news events that took place the same day.

On such example is the headline, “why Prince Harry’s wife will not be called princess Megan,” being illustrated below a still taken from The Hague’s courtroom where Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak consumed cyanide seconds after his appeal against his conviction of crimes against humanity committed while commanding Bosnian Croat forces was lost.

Duffy created the zine as a way of “venting my frustration at the way in which British media cover the lives of a particular family in this country while ignoring/marginalising real issues.”

The piece is “a chronologically presented collection of royal wedding headlines from the BBC News front page paired with a photo from an actual news story of the same day”.

Priced at £20 and available through Duffy’s website the souvenir is perfect for the royalist in your life.

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