There is a flood of gory photos coming from conflict zones around the world today thanks to advancements in digital imaging and connectivity. These photos, increasingly made by perpetrators of war crimes themselves, serve to reveal injustices; yet increasingly it seems that their function has been to excite. More than ever, it’s important to filter and withhold a particular representation of atrocity, in favor of another, more nuanced image.
Photo credits, from top:
1. Manual laborers confront a military policeman at a gold mine in the state of Pará, Brazil. Sebastiao Salgado, 1986.
2. Like other children, a young boy in northern Uganda lives in constant danger of being abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Thomas Morley, 2005.
3. A woman stands at the edge of a mass grave in the mountains of Iraqi-Kurdistan. Susan Meisalas, 1992.
4. African-American laborers working in Mississippi’s fields. Ken Light, 1992.