In this hundred and forty-ninth archive story by Kristian Bertel, we are learning about humanitarian photography in Mumbai, India.
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Humanitarian photography in India tells powerful stories of social issues and uses photographs as a catalyst for change. Humanitarian photographers use their photos to tell stories of life – stories of pain, joy, loss and hope and then translate these stories into a call for empathy and action. In this photograph a blind man is collecting people’s charities in the Kurla West district of Mumbai in India.
Humanitarian photography in India tells powerful stories of social issues and uses photographs as a catalyst for change. Humanitarian photographers use their photos to tell stories of life – stories of pain, joy, loss and hope and then translate these stories into a call for empathy and action. In this photograph a blind man is collecting people’s charities in the Kurla West district of Mumbai in India.

Humanitarian photography in India

Humanitarianism is an active belief in the value of human life also in photography, whereby humans practice benevolent treatment and provide assistance to other humans to reduce suffering and improve the conditions of humanity for moral, altruistic and emotional reasons.


What are the humanitarian principles?

The most important principles of humanitarian action are humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality, which posits the conviction that all people have equal dignity by virtue of their being human based solely on need, without discrimination among recipients. Humanitarian organizations must refrain from taking part in hostilities or taking actions that advantage one side of the conflict over another, the action serves the interests of political, religious or other agendas.


Humanitarianism
One aspect of this topic involves voluntary emergency aid overlapping with human rights advocacy, actions taken by governments, development assistance, and domestic philanthropy. Other critical issues include correlation with religious beliefs, motivation of aid between altruism and social control, market affinity, imperialism and neo-colonialism, gender and class relations and humanitarian agencies.

Humanitarianism is embraced by photographers
Humanitarianism is an informal ideology of practice, it is the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare. It is based on a view that all human beings deserve respect and dignity and should be treated as such. Therefore, humanitarians work towards advancing the well-being of humanity as a whole. It is the antithesis of the "us vs. them mentality that characterizes tribalism and ethnic nationalism. Humanitarians abhor slavery, violation of basic and human rights and discrimination on the basis of features such as skin color, religion, ancestry or place of birth. Humanitarianism drives people to save lives, alleviate suffering and promote human dignity in the middle of man-made or natural disasters.




"Humanitarianism is embraced by movements, photographers and people across the political spectrum. The informal ideology can believe that humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose"




Many other aspects in India
A humanitarian crisis or sometimes humanitarian disaster is defined as a singular event or a series of events that are threatening in terms of health, safety or well-being of a community or large group of people. It may be an internal or external conflict and usually occurs throughout a large land area. Local, national and international responses are necessary in such events. Each humanitarian crisis is caused by different factors and as a result, each different humanitarian crisis requires a unique response targeted towards the specific sectors affected. This can result in either short-term or long-term damage. Humanitarian crises can either be natural disasters, man-made disasters or complex emergencies. In such cases, complex emergencies occur as a result of several factors or events that prevent a large group of people from accessing their fundamental needs, such as food, clean water or safe shelter.

Humanitarian crisis may arise from both natural and man-made conflicts and disasters. Humanitarian crisis from natural disasters include tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, floods, droughts and wildfires that may result in disruption through damage to property, physical injury and death, psychological distress, displacement of individuals and families, and prolonged disruption in normal daily activities such as the Photographer was seing in Mumbai. On the other hand, crisis from manmade disasters such as wars, social unrest, protests, conflicts and terrorist attacks have a broad range of impacts on the physical, mental and social well-being of the individuals affected.

Humanitarian crisis may arise from both natural and man-made conflicts and disasters in India. Humanitarian crisis from natural disasters include tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, floods, droughts and wildfires that may result in disruption through damage to property, physical injury and death, psychological distress, displacement of individuals and families and prolonged disruption in normal daily activities. On the other hand, crisis from manmade disasters such as wars, social unrest, protests, conflicts and terrorist attacks have a broad range of impacts on the physical, mental and social well-being of the individuals affected.

World Humanitarian Day was commemorated for the first time over ten years ago. Subsequent years have focused on a particular theme. One of the years the focus was on the actual work and achievements of humanitarian workers in the field, with different themes though the years.

Charity organizations in India
A charitable organization or charity is an organization whose primary objectives are philanthropy and social well-being for instance educational, religious or other activities serving the public interest or common good and these charitable organizations may not use any of their funds to profit individual persons or entities. However, some charitable organizations have come under scrutiny for spending a disproportionate amount of their income to pay the salaries of their leadership.

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More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of an Indian man in Mumbai. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.