The power of No.
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…
Just Think Of The Children
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…
Old Masters and Current NGO Images
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…
Women and Children
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…
I Had A Farm In Africa
“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…
On NGO Photography
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…
NGO Representation of the Other
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…