Prof. Paul Frosh


Academic Background and Fields of Interest
Originally from the UK, where I studied English Literature at Cambridge
University, I did my graduate and doctoral research in Communications at The Hebrew University. My research interests include communication and cultural theory, visual media (especially photography and television), consumer culture, the media and ethical concern, and the aesthetics of digital interfaces and digita images. 
I am currently working on a large-scale empirical research project about
iconic news photographs and Israeli collective memory.
In the Communication Department I teach core MA courses on communication
theory and new media, a range of elective graduate and undergraduate courses,
and supervise doctoral students in my research fields.

Selected Publications:


  • The Poetics of Digital Media. 2018, Polity: Cambridge.
  • Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication. 2009, 2nd. edition 2011, Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills. Edited with Amit Pinchevski.
  • Democracy and Communication: Mutual Perspectives. 2009, The Open University of Israel (in Hebrew). Edited with Anat First.
  • Meeting the Enemy in the Living Room: Terrorism and Communication in the Contemporary Era. 2006, Kibbutz Hameuchad (in Hebrew). Edited with Tamar Liebes
  • The Image Factory: Consumer Culture, Photography and the Visual Content Industry. 2003, Berg: Oxford.

Selected Articles

  • Photography as a Cultural Industry. In G. Pasternak, ed. Handbook of Photography Studies. Bloomsbury: London (forthcoming)
  • Is Commercial Photography a Public Evil? Beyond the Critique of Stock Photography. In Melissa Miles and Ed Welch, eds. Photography and its Publics. Bloomsbury: London (forthcoming).
  • Eye, Flesh, World: Three Modes of Digital Witnessing. In Schankweiler, K. and Straub, V. and Wendi, T. (eds.) Image Testimony: Witnessing in Times of Social Media. London: Routledge, 2019.
  • You Have Been Tagged: Magical Incantations, Digital Incarnations and Extended Selves. In A. Lagerkvist, ed. Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture. Routledge: London, 2018.
  • You must remember this: Iconic news photographs and collective memory. Journal of Communication, 68(3), 2018: 453-479. Co-authors: Akiba Cohen and Sandrine Boundana.
  • Reviving icons to death: When historic photographs become digital memes. Media, Culture & Society, 39(8), 2017: 1210–1230. Co-authors:  Sandrine Boundana and Akiba Cohen.
  • Media and Events after Media Events. Media, Culture & Society, 40(1), 2017: 135–138. Co-author: Amit Pinchevsk
  • The Mouse, the Screen and the Holocaust Witness: Interface Aesthetics and Moral Response. New Media and Society, 2016. 
  • The Gestural Image: The Selfie, Photography Theory and Kinaesthetic Sociability. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2015: 1607–1628
  • Television Audiences and Transnational Nostalgia: Mad Men in Israel. Media, Culture and Society, 2015. Co author: Flora Tsapovsk
  • Beyond the Image Bank: Digital Commercial Photography. In M. Lister, ed. The Photographic Image in Digital Culture, 2nd Edition, Routledge: London, 2014.
  • Media Witnessing and the Perpetual Ripeness of Time, Cultural Studies 28(4): 594-610). Co-author: Amit Pinchevski
  • Indifferent Looks: Visuality, Inattention and the Composition of Strangers. In Gillian Rose and Divya P. Tolia-Kelly, eds. Architectures of Visuality, Ashgate: Farnham, 2012.
  • Television and the Imagination of Memory: Life on Mars. In Motti Neiger, Oren Meyers, Eyal  Zandbergm, eds. On Media Memory: Collective Memory in a New Media Age, Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, 2011.
  • Phatic Morality: Television and Proper Distance. International Journal of Cultural Studies 14(4), 2011: 383-400.
  • Framing Pictures, Picturing Frames: Visual Metaphors in Political Communications Research, Journal of Communication Inquiry 35(2), 2011: 91-114.
  • The Face of Television, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 625, 2009: 87-102.
  • Crisis-Readiness and Media Witnessing, The Communication Review 12(3), 2009: 295-304. Co-author: Amit Pinchevski.
  • Stock Photography, The International Encyclopedia of Communication, 2008, Blackwell.
  • Covering Death in Conflicts: Coverage of the Second Intifada on Israeli and Palestinian Television,Journal of Peace Research 45(3), 2008: 401-417. Co-authors: Gadi Wolfsfeld and Maurice T. Awabdy
  • The Bias of Bias: Innis, Communication and the Problem of Space. In Menahem Blondheim and Rita Watson (eds) The Toronto School of Media Theory: Interpretations, Extensions, Applications, University of Toronto Press and Magnes Hebrew University Press, 2007: 147-169.
  • Penetrating Markets, Fortifying Fences: Advertising, Consumption and Violent National Conflict, Public Culture 19(3), 2007: 461-482.
  • ImagiNation: News Discourse, Nationhood and Civil Society, Media, Culture and Society 29(1): 105-129, 2007. Co-author: Gadi Wolfsfeld
  • Telling Presences: Witnessing, Mass Media, and the Imagined Lives of Strangers, Critical Studies in Media Communication 23(4), 2006: 265-284.

Recent activities

  • Israel Science Foundation Funded Research Project 'How Media Remember: Recycling and Reframing News Photographs in Israel', with Prof. Akiba Cohen and Dr. Sandrine Boudana. Grant awarded 2017-2019.

  • Prof. Paul Frosh received The Hebrew University Rector Prize for 2016, awarded to distinguished scholars for excellence in research, teaching, and contribution to university academic life. 

  • Received Top Paper Award for 2015 from the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Association

  • Israel Science Foundation Funded Research Project 'You Must Remember This: Iconic Photographs and Collective Memory', with Prof. Akiba Cohen and Dr. Sandrine Boudana. Grant awarded 2014-2016.

  • Shpilman Photography Institute Research Group (with Prof. Akiba Cohen and Dr. Sandrine Boudana): funding awarded for group on 'Iconic Photographs, Collective Memory and Time-Consciousness.' 2014-2015.

  • 'Touching with the Eyes: Visual-Tactile Integration and Contemporary Moving-Image Art.” Co-organizer of an International Symposium on Experimental Aesthetics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 2014.

  • Keynote Plenary Speaker: 'Leviathan and the Image: The Powers of Commercial Photography'. Helsinki Photomedia Conference, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, March 2014.

  • Awarded Albert Bonnier Jnr. Guest Professorship, Department of Journalism, Media and Culture, Stockholm University

  • Appointed Distinguished Scholar, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Fellow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stone Summer Theory Institute.