The Moral Hazards Of Crisis Photojournalism

December 20, 2010

By David Walker

Courtesy of the New Yorker

Philip Gourevitch.

PDN: Your New Yorker piece describes how aid organizations often contribute to and prolong the misery they’re trying to address. How is that? Philip Gourevitch: They can bring food and materiel into a conflict situation, and that’s almost inevitably fuel if there’s no larger plan for solving the conflict. Typically they address only the symptoms and claim no responsibility for...

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