This presentation offers a historical look at the use of photography in the informational and fundraising strategies of international organizations.  The figure of the dead or suffering child has been a centrepiece of humanitarian campaigns for over a century.   Recently, a photograph of a dead 3-year old Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi, created enormous publicity around the world.  But are new visual technologies and social media as revolutionary as some claim?  Evidence suggests that in earlier eras too, photographs could “go viral” and achieve iconic status.

About Visual Politics Seminar Series

Listed below are the past and upcoming sessions of the Visual Poltics Seminar Series. Beginning from September 2016, the majority of seminars can be heard on the UQ POLSIS YouTube channel. If you would like more details, have any questions, or if you would like to present your own work please contact Prof Roland Bleiker at