Category: refugees

Seeing 2015: Looking Back With Love and Anger

Most media outlets posted a ‘best of 2015’ photo selection that seemed very predictable–lots of people in distress, no one trying to make change or help others. Here’s my own take, based on the chapters in How To See The World. As with the book itself, it unfolds from single image analysis to comparative and activist…



Facebook Censors Refugee Photographs

On August 28, 2015, a boat filled with Palestinian and Syrian refugees sank off the coast of Libya. As many as 150 were drowned. On August 29, Syrian artist Khaled Barakeh posted an album of seven photographs to Facebook, entitled Multicultural Graveyard. Six photographs showed drowned children and youths from the shipwreck, while one depicted…




The Drowned and The Sacred: To See the Unspeakable

Idly scrolling on Saturday morning, August 29, avoiding work, I come across them. Flinching, I share. Try to write a comment but nothing sounds right. Everyone says: ‘No. Words.’ Which does not mean that they have nothing to say, it’s just what you say online when things like this happen. Against that, the now-standard academic…