During my time working as a photographer in sub-Saharan Africa, a recurring theme has been the documentation of HIV/AIDS. Initially much of this work told the stories of the virus’ devastation in communities and it’s effects on their societies. Many of these stories told of the challenges of accepting one’s HIV-positive status and the implications of denial.
I’m amongst the many thinking about something that happened this last week in South African journalism. On September 19, 2012 a digitally altered photograph was published on the front page of The Citizen, a national newspaper. Bodies seen in the debris of the blast in Kabul in the original wire photo by AFP, were removed in The Citizen’s reproduction of the photo.
Documentary Photography as a Tool of Social Change: Reading a shifting paradigm in the representation of HIV/AIDS in Gideon Mendel’s photography
This is a home for a work-in-progress, to distill the ideas encapsulated in my Master in Communication for Development thesis, completed at Malmö University.
“HANA Interactive Video Journal” produced for the Highway Africa News Agency. An ICT movie embedded with clickable content delivered on a DVD-Rom, this is the internet version of the movie without the interactivity. Produced by Paul Hills, camera & sound by Christine Nesbitt Hills & Paul Hills, edited by Christine Nesbitt Hills and interactivity by Christine Nesbitt Hills 2006.
A portrait of influential South African photographer Kevin Carter in The Star newspaper’s darkroom in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1989. Carter was an award-winning photojournalist and conflict photographer, receiving a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1993 famine in Sudan which drew both praise and condemnation. Carter took his own life in 1994 at the age of 33.
Portraits of influential South African photographer Ken Oosterbroek in The Star newspaper’s darkroom in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1989. Oosterbroek documented South Africa’s transitional years to the first democratic election that brought Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress to power and officially dismantled decades of apartheid policies. On April 18, 1994 Oosterbroek was killed when the peacekeeping force panicked under fire in Thokoza, close to Johannesburg, 9 days before the election was held.