Posts Tagged ‘war’

November 26, 2013 · by David Campbell · photography, politics

Edmund Clark’s Control Order House portrays a British suburban house in which a “controlled person” suspected of terrorism is detained. This interview with Clark explores how his photo book works as a political object.

November 10, 2011 · by David Campbell · photography, politics
Elusive Enemy

Last week The Guardian published an extraordinary report on how Al Qaeda is using aid to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of displaced Somalis in East Africa’s zone of food insecurity. Jamal Osman’s investigation – including a compelling eleven minute video – reveals how aid workers and medical units, including American and British citizens, are…

September 25, 2011 · by David Campbell · photography, politics, Thinking Images

Iran marked it’s defense week last Thursday with a vast display of units and hardware. Among the photographs of the parade was this rather odd image. I saw it in print in the South China Morning Post, Reuters carried it in their spot news slideshow, and it was also captured in this UPI gallery of…

August 30, 2011 · by David Campbell · photography, politics, Thinking Images

When should we see the dead? In this photograph of a Libyan rebel surveying a possible massacre site we are confronted with an unusually graphic portrayal of war dead. (This picture ran in The Guardian print edition on 29 August (pp. 14-15), appeared online, along with a similar image from the same photographer that can…

April 11, 2011 · by David Campbell · photography, politics, Thinking Images
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  Paula Allen’s photograph of the women who helped build a centre for rape survivors in Bukavu, eastern Congo, is a bold depiction that combines celebration and power. As the double-page lead to Katherine Viner’s story on the City of Joy project in Saturday’s Guardian Weekend magazine, Allen’s photograph departs from much of the conventional reportage of…

January 7, 2011 · by David Campbell · photography, politics, Thinking Images

Thinking Images – an occasional series on some of the week’s visuals and the thoughts they prompt… Sudan faces a momentous week beginning Sunday 9 January. A referendum in the south, mandated as part of the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement, could lead to the division of the country and the creation of a new state. Voting will…

December 9, 2010 · by David Campbell · photography, politics

The global controversy surrounding Wikileaks release of US diplomatic cables is a moment in which media, politics, visual culture and war intersect in complex ways. There has been no shortage of good commentary on the story, as evidenced in the range of views curated by Alex Madrigal’s post “how to think about Wikileaks”. What I…