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…
Africa: Timeless, Rural and Natural?
In the appeals and fundraising pieces Australian INGOs have published on African famine and food crises since 2000, the dominant overarching representational framework for images is, what I call, “Agriculture and Rurality”
NGO images, Agriculture & Rurality. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Images show an unified African landscape and…
About 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…