Picturing War, Picturing Protests
missile strike in Rafah. Photograph © Getty Images.
Photograph © Getty Images.
Referring specifically to these two unattributed photographs, The Independent ran the following in its letters section today:
"Letters special: News photographyThe reader responses are telling; none offers any startling insight. But they surely deflate excuses - whether sustained government rationalization or editorial convention - for protecting readers from harsh reality.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
As the full extent of the casualties in Gaza emerged last week, we invited readers to comment on our picture coverage. Some photographs were, we believed, too graphic to publish. We asked you if we should never publish pictures of the dead, or make each judgement on its merits. The overwhelming majority of readers argued for pictures to be used, however horrific their content. Extracts from some of these letters and emails are published here."
II. Picturing Protests
Yesterday I posted this photograph of Israeli's protesting for peace in part because I think it is important to differentiate between the condemnable actions of the Israeli government and the diversity of action and belief among Jews in Israel and abroad. My fear is that these voices, the ones calling for peace, will be lost amid the violence and the righteous protests against it.
Israeli activists wave banners during an anti-war demonstration
in Tel Aviv. Photograph © Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images