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Introduction. The morality of sight: humanitarian photography in history Heide Fehrenbach and Davide Rogodno; 1. Picturing pain: evangelicals and the politics of pictorial humanitarianism in an imperial age Heather Curtis; 2. Framing atrocity: photography and humanitarianism Christina Twomey; 3. The limits of exposure: atrocity photographs in the Congo reform campaign Kevin Grant; 4. Photography, visual culture, and the Armenian genocide Peter Balakian; 5. Developing the humanitarian image in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century China Caroline Reeves; 6. Photography, cinema, and the quest for influence: the international committee of the Red Cross in the wake of the first world war Francesca Piana; 7. Children and other civilians: photography and the politics of humanitarian image-making Heide Fehrenbach; 8. Sights of benevolence: UNRRA's recipients portrayed Silvia Salvatici; 9. All the world loves a picture: the World Health Organization's visual politics, 1948-73 Thomas David and Davide Rodogno; 10. 'A' as in Auschwitz, 'B' as in Biafra: the Nigerian civil war, visual narratives of genocide, and the fragmented universalization of the Holocaust Lasse Heerten; 11. Finding the right image: British development NGOs and the regulation of imagery Henrietta Lidchi; 12. Dilemmas of ethical practice in the production of contemporary humanitarian photography Sanna Nissinen.

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This book investigates the historical evolution of 'humanitarian photography' - the mobilization of photography in the service of humanitarian initiatives across state boundaries.

About the Author

Heide Fehrenbach is Board of Trustees Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in the history department at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of three books: Cinema in Democratizing Germany, Race after Hitler: Black Occupation Children in Postwar Germany and America and After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe (with Rita Chin, Geoff Eley, and Atina Grossmann). She is also co-editor, with Uta Poiger, of Transactions, Transgressions, Transformations: American Culture in Western Europe and Japan (2000). Davide Rodogno is Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Developmental Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. His books include Fascism's European Empire, Against Massacre: Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire, 1815-1914, and, as co-editor, Shaping the Transnational Sphere: Transnational Networks of Experts in the Long Nineteenth Century.

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'This beautifully edited volume shows how absolutely central visual culture must be to our understanding of modern humanitarianism. Whether on atrocity, famine, or genocide, these essays explore photography's enduring power to shape the moral and political dynamics of international crises.' J. P. Daughton, Stanford University
'This collection of essays offers a most inspiring conceptualization of the use of photography for humanitarian purposes - for all historians in the burgeoning field of humanitarianism and related subjects as well as for those working in media studies. It enriches contemporary debates on humanitarian aid and humanitarian intervention, which have been and are still being strongly shaped by the visual representation of suffering and relief.' Johannes Paulmann, Director, Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz
'The history of humanitarian aid and of humanitarianism is closely associated with the development of modern media, yet few have demonstrated critically the role of a technology or aesthetic approach like this tightly edited volume under the stewardship of Heide Fehrenbach and Davide Rodogno. This book is a pioneering and essential read for anyone interested in the growth and globalization of humanitarian consciousness. The images this book contains remain as disturbing and as shocking as they were intended to be decades ago, but the text sets them back in their context and tells their hidden stories. The book is essential reading for all historians of the twentieth century and today's humanitarians who now have to represent sufferings without losing their own soul.' Bertrand Taithe, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester
"This beautifully edited volume shows how absolutely central visual culture must be to our understanding of modern humanitarianism. Whether on atrocity, famine, or genocide, these essays explore photography's enduring power to shape the moral and political dynamics of international crises." J. P. Daughton, Stanford University
"This collection of essays offers a most inspiring conceptualization of the use of photography for humanitarian purposes - for all historians in the burgeoning field of humanitarianism and related subjects as well as for those working in media studies. It enriches contemporary debates on humanitarian aid and humanitarian intervention, which have been and are still being strongly shaped by the visual representation of suffering and relief." Johannes Paulmann, Director, Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz
"The history of humanitarian aid and of humanitarianism is closely associated with the development of modern media, yet few have demonstrated critically the role of a technology or aesthetic approach like this tightly edited volume under the stewardship of Heide Fehrenbach and Davide Rodogno. This book is a pioneering and essential read for anyone interested in the growth and globalization of humanitarian consciousness. The images this book contains remain as disturbing and as shocking as they were intended to be decades ago, but the text sets them back in their context and tells their hidden stories. The book is essential reading for all historians of the twentieth century and today's humanitarians who now have to represent sufferings without losing their own soul." Bertrand Taithe, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester

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