1st Edition

Displacement, Environments, and Photo-Politics in the Mediterranean Migrant Sea

By Parvati Nair Copyright 2025
    216 Pages 10 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focusing on the Mediterranean region from 2015 onwards, this volume explores photography’s engagement with displacement, a process that denotes the environmental and social breakdown of places and the forced mobility of people.

    The ongoing proliferation of photography of the displaced plays a crucial role in shaping opinions, by sensitizing the public to the despair of displacement and hardening them to the trope through repeated exposure. Through a range of images by both established and amateur photographers, as well as ethnographic notes that draw from interviews with actors who are either displaced or working with the displaced, Parvati Nair questions the extent to which photography opens a space of possibility for the displaced in the face of globally dominant ideological drives that lead to the Anthropocene. Chapters focus on key aspects of this mass phenomenon, such as the question of crises no longer as exception but as historical process, the lived experiences of protracted relegation to borders and exposure to possible death, the prevalence of domicide and the spread of encampments, and the question of hope for the future.

    The book will be of interest to scholars in photography theory, migration and refugee studies, art history, Mediterranean studies, and political science.

    Introduction  1. Out of Time and Place  2. Crisis Re-viewed  3. Exposures from the Dark Room  4. Fragile Frames of Home  5. Photography’s Struggle for Hope


    Parvati Nair is Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies at Queen Mary University of London.