You know what really gets to me, and I’m sure many know this, is the blatant abuse and betrayal that white photogs display in POC countries. Every time a photo has gotten famous like this photo did in history, the actual focus of the photo is left behind in the dust while the white photog is hailed as a hero for displaying the ills of that country. He didn’t even fucking ask her name. He didn’t ask for 17 years. The world knew nothing about her life and her story. He captured one moment that made him famous and she got nothing.
Every time I see this photo, I seethe.
whats her name though
HER NAME IS SHARBAT GULA
When I speak about forms of colonialist violence and how it shapes the way we communicate, I hope that seeing this photograph with the above commentary included helps people understand what I mean.
This is how a person becomes reduced to an idea, an image, an accomplishment for someone else. She becomes “Afghan Girl”: a two-dimensional example meant to represent something over which she has no control. Was she ever paid for this photograph, or the second one above?
Why does Steve McCurry speak for her? Why does he control the conversation, why does he control what we can know about her? Where is her voice?
Who is Sharbat Gula?
i fucking love brody dalle
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
Gene Simmons always touches my face every time I see him and I just can’t take it anymore.
Do you think every president goes through a awkward first few weeks in office when they’re not sure when’s the right time to ask if aliens are real or not?
(Source: star-loser, via gaminperdu)
Overwhelming. Room after room filled with pictures of innocent #Kurdish children, women and men; tortured to death, raped, driven away from their homes, their villages, their land during #Anfal. Where is justice?
(Source: herovan, via indignantkurd)
"On this, the 100th anniversary of the day the first world war began, it is sobering to look back at the way that conflict was so badly reported. The catalogue of journalistic misdeeds is a matter of record: the willingness to publish propaganda as fact, the apparently tame acceptance of censorship and the failure to hold power to account."
"I regret being scared. I regret wasting time thinking I wasn’t good enough, that I didn’t deserve a seat at the table. You do belong and your voice is worthy. Say it to yourself in the mirror every morning if you have to, but don’t ever forget it."
Jenna Wortham, reporter, New York Times, to Buzzfeed. 39 Pieces Of Advice For Journalists And Writers Of Color.
Buzzfeed asks twenty established writers what advice they’d give to those breaking into the industry.
Here are the questions:
- What piece of advice would you, as a writer of color, give to burgeoning writers/journalists of color?
- What do you know now about being a writer of color that you wish you’d known when you first started?
- Is there anything you did as a writer starting out that you now regret?
Read through for the answers.