1986 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Mary Ellen Mark

Life / Time

01 May, 1985

Original caption from World Press Photo (1986)

The body of a 28-year-old woman is washed for a Muslim burial by her mother and aunt in Korem camp, a famine relief camp 250 miles north of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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More information
Cry, the Pitiless Land. Ethiopia’s Ruthless Regime Uses Famine As a Cruel Weapon, published in Life Magazine in May 1985.
Text: Cheryl McCall. Photos: Mary Ellen Mark

Imaging Famine project
"Imaging Famine" was a research project that studied the historical representation of famine in media, examining the persistent use of famine imagery across time and place. It explored the relationship between photography, anthropology, and colonialism, with a focus on the political implications of photography.

Through a Glass Darkly, by Robert Godden, published on Witness in September 2017
How should vulnerable children be represented in the media? Are we guilty of applying different ethical standards dependent on the race, ethnicity, nationality, location, gender or class of the child? Robert Godden explores these questions and provides guidelines for photojournalists and organizations. 

About the photographer

Mary Ellen Mark

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