UNAMID Visits Darfur Area Caught in Crosshairs of Warring Factions

How has ‘Africa’ been represented visually? What is the visual story that needs to be told about Africa? Is there a pictorial strategy that can account for one billion people, in 54 countries, speaking two thousand languages, embodying multiple cultures and numerous ethnicities, with manifold intersections with our globalised world? Would we even ask that question of the Americas, Asia or Europe? I’ve examined colonial relations of power that distill a complex, hybrid place into visual stereotypes, as well as exploring some of the alternatives…



Salgado and the Sahel: Documentary Photography and the Imaging of Famine,” in Rituals of Mediation: International Politics and Social Meaning, edited by Francois Debrix and Cindy Weber (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003), pp. 69-96

Geopolitics and Visual Culture: Sighting the Darfur Conflict 2003-05,” Political Geography 26: 4 (2007), 357-382.

The Visual Economy of HIV/AIDS as a Security Issue, 135 pages, research report for the AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative, May 2008.

“‘Black Skin and Blood’: Documentary Photography and Santu Mofokeng’s Critique of the Visualization of Apartheid South Africa,” History and Theory 48 (4) 2009, 52-58.

(with Marcus Power) “The Scopic Regime of ‘Africa’,” in Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture, edited by Fraser Macdonald, Klaus Dodds and Rachel Hughes (London: I.B. Tauris, 2010).

The Iconography of Famine,” in Picturing Atrocity: Reading Photographs in Crisis, edited by Geoffrey Batchen, Mick Gidley, Nancy K. Miller, Jay Prosser (London: Reaktion Books, in press, forthcoming 2011).


Imaging Famine (2005)



Photo credit: Two men from Abu Nashab Salama, North Darfur, Sudan. United Nations Photo, 7 February 2010, Flickr, Creative Commons license.

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