1. This Australia Day 2016

    Date 26 Jan 2016
    Over the last week or so leading up to Australia Day 2016, important voices have addressed the issue of reconciliation to heal the wound in the Australian Nation.  There was Deng Thiak Adut’s Australia Day Speech that focussed on freedom and fear. It’s remarkable that Refugee-Turned-Human-Rights-Lawyer Adut would speak into the Australian nation with…

  2. The power of No.

    Date 15 Nov 2015
    What defines an organisation’s or individual’s projects, products, campaigns, marketing, actions and decisions - are their values.  A single-word response to the temptation to undermine, short-sell, give up or compromise these values because of market pressures, donation targets, ROI measures, fear or carelessness makes all the difference.  One simple word will keep you creative and protect your…

  3. Just Think Of The Children

    Date 03 Nov 2014
    Not surprisingly the “suffering child image” is still as powerful today as it was in 2000, or in 1980 for that matter Children are often the weakest and most vulnerable when it comes to emergencies and disasters. And all children should be protected from harm of any kind. This is…

  4. Old Masters and Current NGO Images

    Date 29 Oct 2014
    Most photographers and visual storytellers are aware to some degree, how much Western aesthetics have been defined by the Old Masters. Rembrandt, Dürer, Vermeer, Sassoferrato, Manet and many others have shaped our understanding of aesthetics of portraiture, women and children, and depictions of suffering.So it is no surprise that in…

  5. Women and Children

    Date 21 Oct 2014
    International NGOs often represent Africa as timeless, rural and natural place. Within this overarching approach are a subset of themes, and the most dominant one is images of women and children Why this is important: Through images of women and children the Africa aid narrative borrows heavily from the very…

  6. I Had A Farm In Africa

    Date 12 Oct 2014
    “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills” are the famous opening lines of Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa”. And these words seem to encapsulate, to some degree, the framework of today’s NGO representations of Africa famine and food crises publications.Africa: Timeless, Rural and Natural…

  7. On NGO Photography

    Date 04 Oct 2014
    Historically the photographic image has long served as a means to describe and understand the world In her book On Photography, Susan Sontag (1977) suggests that, “In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at, and what we have a…

  8. NGO Representation of the Other

    Date 27 Sep 2014
    International NGOs (more commonly known as international charities) are producing and publishing a continuous stream of visual communication around the kind of work they are engaged in, the projects they fund and the people their work impacts Children in rural Niger. Copyright Christoph Ziegenhardt, All rights reserved These images are…

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