The orphan, the donor and the photograph: humanitarianism and photography in post-First World War Jerusalem

Abigail Jacobson*

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Abstract

This article uncovers the short history of the American Colony Christian Herald Orphanage, operating in Jerusalem following the First World War. Hosting around 36 Christian and Muslim girls, the orphanage relied on the financial support of the American-based Christian Herald newspaper. Through the close analysis of this institution, and the comparison with a Jewish orphanage in Jerusalem, the article will critically discuss the links between humanitarianism and photography. The sources used are an annotated photograph album documenting life in the Orphanage, as well as the Record Book documenting the girls who received support through the orphanage. Using these visual materials, the article addresses the ways photographs were used as part of fund-raising, missionary work and relief efforts in the context of Mandatory Jerusalem, and discusses the complex relationship between the orphan girl, the donor who supports her, and the way this relationship is constructed in the photograph.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)37-56
Number of pages20
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

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Keywords

  • First World War
  • Humanitarianism
  • Jerusalem
  • Mission
  • Orphans
  • Palestine
  • Photography

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