You may (or may not) have seen the images in the New York Times this week of the intercepted migrant boat off the Libyan coast. If you did, like me, you may have been shocked, not only by the continually unfolding tragedy, but perhaps more so by the stark portrayal of the unnamed individuals lying dead. Not simply dead, but sprawling in undignified abandonment.
These images and their use, made me extremely uncomfortable. Siddhartha Mitter, writing in Quartz Africa puts a finger on the reasons why, and in doing so touches on an issue raised on duckrabbit before – the role of the editors in deciding what images are seen, and in what context. Mitter takes this a step further, and so doing gives us all something to think about:
Thanks to @johnedwinmason for the link to @siddhmi ‘s piece.