Images and Historical and Political Conspicuousness of Refugees: The Palestinians Since 1948

Cultures and Liberations
By Stéphanie Latte Abdallah

Images and historical and political conspicuousness of refugees : the Palestinians since 1948.

This article studies the production of images of Palestinian refugees by various actors : photographers, filmmakers, heads of audiovisual departments of first the Quakers and the Red Cross, then the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and finally the PLO. In all these images the Palestinians became visible as such only after 1967. The contents and style, the political role of these pictures and their relationship to Palestinian history and to the vision of the refugees by themselves are treated in depth.

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