Africa, Imagery and the Western Gaze with Kainaz Amaria


March 18, 2019

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Our good friend Kainaz Amaria was a recent guest on the “On Africa” podcast. Kainaz is an award-winning photojournalist and is current at Vox News where she is an outspoken voice on many critical issues of our times.


This episode of the On Africa podcast examines the West’s historical and contemporary uses of photography and photojournalism to shape narratives of Africa and African peoples. Our discussion ranges from the New York Times’ controversial coverage of the January 2019 Al-Shabab attacks in Nairobi, Kenya; to the historic role of National Geographic’s imagery; and the standard tropes related to Africa that permeate Western Media – exploring their racist implications, double standards and harmful impacts.

We are joined by photojournalist Kainaz Amaria, who serves as the Visuals Editor for Vox News and is an outspoken voice on these issues.