Parvati Nair

Home-Work: gender and urban immigrant relocation

The very detailed and almost intimate contributions by these 16 women offer a panoramic view of the ways in which, as Hannah Arendt has said, the social arises. Fatima. UNU-GCM. All rights reserved.In recent years, and in line with efforts to ‘mainstream gender’ into discourses on migration, it has…

Why photography matters

It is no longer the extraordinariness of the image, but rather its familiarity that lends credibility to the representation of how these immigrant women have made new lives in the city. "Migrant Mother", California, 1936. Wikicommons/ Dorothea Lange. In a world where the selfie has become ubiquitous and where images…

Photo-reportage's thwarted potential

Rarely a week goes by when issues around photography are not in the news. This week, the photographs on Facebook of handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees posted by an ex-Israeli soldier unleashed shockwaves. A few weeks ago, Time magazine's cover of the Afghan woman stirred up debates that are ongoing.…

Photography and nature's frame

The old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" needs to be rethought. More importantly, a picture can have the power to move a thousand hearts and change a thousand minds. Often, photographs bring to our eyes what we may have seen many times before, but not noticed. They…