Moving pictures: on the power of an image

INTERVIEW | Scott Stephens & Simon Smart
Tuesday 15 September 2015

Reflecting on the overwhelming international response to the image of Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned on the way to Turkey, Scott Stephens – editor of ABC Religion and Ethics – argues that, in a visually saturated culture, images can both move us and dull us to the plight of others. There exists then a moral dimension to our exposure to images that requires a careful and intentional response.

CORRECTION: The video incorrectly states that Aylan Kurdi was 5 years old. CPX apologises for the error.

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