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Liam Kennedy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226337265

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226337432.001.0001

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Unseen Wars and Humanitarian Visions: Somalia, the Gulf, the Balkans

Unseen Wars and Humanitarian Visions: Somalia, the Gulf, the Balkans

(p.92) Three Unseen Wars and Humanitarian Visions: Somalia, the Gulf, the Balkans

Liam Kennedy

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the work of photographers documenting the practices and effects of U.S. foreign policy in post-Cold War contexts – the Gulf War, the intervention in Somalia, and the Balkans wars. It notes the challenges facing photographers in documenting these conflicts due to new technologies of media and warfare and examines some of the ways they responded to emergent discourses of humanitarianism in international affairs. Despite the severe restrictions on reporting the 1991 Gulf War a number of photographers produced challenging documentations of the “event” and its aftermath, and we will look here at work by David Turnley and Kenneth Jarecke among others. With the Balkan wars we will look closely at the work of Ron Haviv, Gary Knight and Gilles Peress, all involved in “forensic” approaches to the aftermaths of violence and producing forms of documentation that can support legal testimony on war crimes and acts of genocide.

Keywords:   Balkans, Gulf War, Ron Haviv, Kenneth Jarecke, Gary Knight, Gilles Peress, Somalia, David Turnley, war crimes, genocide

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