Tag Archives: Journalism

Investigations And Interrogations–Risk As A Job Requirement

Norbert Zongo is emerging as the untold story of this revolution. Media coverage of the uprising against the Blaise Campaoré regime focused on the way images, words and ideas of Burkina Faso’s young, revolutionary, Marxist leader, Thomas Sankara, continued to inform and influence the younger generation of Burkinabé. It was Sankara’s image that you could […]

Norbert Zongo’s Death And The Roots Of An Uprising

We end up talking about Norbert Zongo. It seems that you cannot meet with a local investigative journalist in Ouagadougou without the conversation turning towards Zongo–him as an example, and his assassination as a turning point in Burkina Faso history. “Before Zongo’s killing, I was happy doing regular journalism jobs at Zongo’s paper L’Indépendant.” Idrissa […]

This Land Called Gaza – A Love and A Curse

“And what projects are you working on at the moment?” “An exhibition…and…I’m working on the completion of a new book, something very close to my heart.” “What’s it about?” “The Palestinians.” There was a rather long silence…my friend looked at me with a slightly sad smile, and said “Sure, why not! But don’t you think […]

Sticking Our Head In The Sand

Larry Towell is looking for money for a new project in Afghanistan and has placed his request on Kickstarter. This would all have been fine had it not been for the fact that he is doing the wrong project. Larry Towell has been an inspiration, one of the first photographers whose works compelled me to […]

The Spotlight Of Humanity Or How We Are Told To Look Only Where They Tell Us To Look

It is probably one of the most blatant uses of photography as propaganda that I have seen in a long time. And I am glad for it because it reveals explicitly how easily images can be put to the service of an agenda of power and entrenched interests. And how easily photographs can mislead if […]

The Subtlest Cut

It’s difficult to know how to react to this rather strange piece of writing that appeared in a recent issue of Time magazine. Written by the photojournalist James Nacthwey, and titled Haiti: Out of the Ruins, it is a remarkable exercise in historical amnesia and imperial erasure. Nacthwey, a man who has a long history […]

To Hear Or See An Haitian Once The Party Has Died Down

There is something terribly indecent about it and we have to be honest and acknowledge it. The hoards of photographers and wanna-be photographers, most eyeing each other and copying each other so that they may not get ‘left behind’, that have descended on Haiti since the devastating earthquake there remind me why I have felt […]

Who Was That Strange Man I Met In Gaza And Why Was He Drawing Cartoons As People Died?

It is a world that I have lost touch with, but while I was in it, however marginally, it was filled with an incredible array of intelligent, passionate, engaged and generous people. Post-war Sarajevo bought me in touch with writer Stacy Sullivan, photographer Paul Lowe, photographer and editor Leslie Fratkin and last and definitely not […]

The Most Dangerous Nation

The obsession with things ‘Islamic fundamentalist’ and ‘Al Qaeda” has been turned into a veritable multi-billion dollar industry and this despite the very little concrete and independently verified evidence to suppor the many claims of underground ‘Islamic/Al Qaeda’ cells and networks.