Telling Stories Without Showing Faces

Since 2011, Forced Migration Review has chosen to avoid showing close-up images or faces.

In the latest from our series on Picturing Refugees, editors Marion Couldrey and Jenny Peebles tell Refugees Deeply why.

A Question of Identity: Telling Stories Without Showing Faces

  Article by Daniel Howden – Refugees Deeply – April 13, 2018

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WHILE MANY INDIVIDUALS and organizations in the refugee arena are uncomfortable with dominant images, very few have responded with concrete action.

The reasons for the predominance of “boats and camps” visuals are clear: humanitarian organizations have the imperative to raise funds, photographers must meet editors’ needs and editors must attract public attention.

In our continuing series on Picturing Refugees – which began with a discussion between a working photographer and an active researcher – we talk to Marion Couldrey and Jenny Peebles, co-editors of the Oxford-based Forced Migration Review. One of the most respected and widely read print publications in its field, the FMR has pioneered its own ethical approach to the imagery it publishes. It involves tradeoffs between emotional connection and ethics, which they discuss in detail.

Read the full article here