On gender and migration

More than through any other lens, migration foregrounds gender as a construct that is also at once a process in the making. Bombo. UNU-GCM. All rights reserved.There is a curious tendency to conflate gender with women. In the context of migration, a field where gender considerations and clarifications have…

Why photography matters

It is no longer the extraordinariness of the image, but rather its familiarity that lends credibility to the representation of how these immigrant women have made new lives in the city. "Migrant Mother", California, 1936. Wikicommons/ Dorothea Lange. In a world where the selfie has become ubiquitous and where images…

Photo-reportage's thwarted potential

Rarely a week goes by when issues around photography are not in the news. This week, the photographs on Facebook of handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees posted by an ex-Israeli soldier unleashed shockwaves. A few weeks ago, Time magazine's cover of the Afghan woman stirred up debates that are ongoing.…

Photography and nature's frame

The old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" needs to be rethought. More importantly, a picture can have the power to move a thousand hearts and change a thousand minds. Often, photographs bring to our eyes what we may have seen many times before, but not noticed. They…

Fault-Line City: Tangier Dreaming North

On March 11th 2004, a series of bomb attacks took place on Madrid’s suburban rail network, just three days before the country was due to hold national elections. M/11, as these attacks have since come to be known, was masterminded and carried out by a group of North…