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Morfologia della lacrima: immagini della sofferenza nel fotoreportage di guerra contemporaneo

digital Morfologia della lacrima: immagini della sofferenza
nel fotoreportage di guerra contemporaneo
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journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
issue COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2016 - 1. Snapshot Culture. The Photographic Experience in the Post-Medium Age
title Morfologia della lacrima: immagini della sofferenza nel fotoreportage di guerra contemporaneo
author
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 04-2016
issn 03928667 (print) | 18277969 (digital)
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