On Recurring Images and Nation Branding: The Case of Israel’s Albums and Tourist Guidebooks

Galia Yanoshevsky, Maya Michaeli

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This paper explores recurring images in Israel photobooks and travel guidebooks from 1948 to the present and offers a typology of various kinds of repetition. It is claimed here that mechanisms of repetition and circulation of images in both photobooks and tourist guidebooks are places where attempts to build the image of a nation andits tourist imaginaries are visible. Drawing on scholarship on national imaginaries on the one hand, and nation and destination branding on the other hand, it seeks to show how Israel’s national image and branding is reflected in repeated images in photobooks and travel guidebooks, which are here considered as material conveyers of both national and tourism imaginaries. Through a semiotic study of some recurring images of people and landscape–both natural and cultural –, this paper demonstrates that in the course of its short history as a state, Israel’s self-image was formed through a repetition and circulation of locally produced stereotypes in photo albums. These same stereotypes are reproduced in travel guidebooksandbecome Israel’s external image. They absorb in the process stereotypical and iconic images of the visiting culture.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)83-107
JournalImage & narrative : online magazine of the visual narrative.
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • photobooks, photo albums, travel guidebooks, tourist guidebooks, nation branding, destination promotion, destination marketing, tourism promotion and power, marketing places, destination branding, country brands, rebranding, repetition, circulation, stereotypes, icons, symbols, tourism imaginaries, national imaginaries


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