Campaign posters for the British Army (by agency Karmarama), targeting youth and using the same psychological strategies used in propaganda recruitment from extremists groups, making youngsters believe they need a higher purpose in life and offering the solution: to join the army.

source: author’s facebook

Image showing the installation of a photograph in the context of an exhibition. Its function? To invite the author’s followers to the exhibition. The framed photograph, recently awarded in the context of World Press Photo, is by author Mário Cruz (right in the photograph) and shows that “[a] child who collects recyclable material lies on a mattress surrounded by garbage floating on the Pasig River, in Manila, Philippines”. I feel the need to keep stating the obvious: this is unethical! The industry is not awarding him and his photograph for daring to speak out and expose the situation. Being a teacher, I’m daily reminded of the importance of deconstructing the simulacrum that the industry builds so well. Why is a photograph like this framed and hung on a wall? Why is the photographer promoting himself with a photograph that exploits the image of a person, a CHILD, that is already living an undignified life?

Another pseudo drama around photographers’ predator behavior. The above photograph won a $120,000 prize. People are worried it was staged (as if that’s news). I’m worried such an ugly picture won a prize and so many people think it is beautiful. Photographers behaving like tourists or tourists behaving like photographers? 

© Jeffrey Stockbridge, “Beneath the Kensington Avenue underpass.” (2018)

Another documentary project about Philadelphia’s crisis with opioid addiction. I fail to understand how these “projects” keep being promoted. I understand the author’s motivations but everything else escapes me. Can’t the outsiders, the misfits, the drug addicts (whatever you want to call them), be left alone by photographers who insist on turning their lens to “the other”? What good comes out of this? If the photographer justifies the making of the project as a way to deal with his sisters’ addiction, why then use these people images under the message that he is doing something to help solve the problem or “giving them back their dignity”? Did they ask for it? Is photography capable of such a restoring act? 

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