ON WHAT CAUGHT MY EYE LATELY IN PHOTOGRAPHY, longform and exhibitions.
- PHOTO: Photographing people in dire circumstances is, in my experience, a delicate negotiation between the photographer's need to depict a scene and the respect towards the human being on the other side of the lens. Kim Haughton's project Death of a Kingdom, depicting the chronic HIV / AIDS crisis in Lesotho, manages to come out of this negotiation with outstanding integrity. Photographing dying or suffering people and doing it tactfully, avoiding the use of shocking imagery that these scenes offer and yet managing to nudge the oversaturated viewer into paying attention is no small feat, especially in a country where suffering is so omnipresent. Approximately 29% of the Lesotho's population suffers from the illness and 10% of the children have lost at least one or more parents due to it. The project is worth checking out not only for its social commentary value, but also for its aesthetic execution.
- ARTICLE: This thought provoking article called "The Rules of Photojournalism Are Keeping Us From the Truth" by Donald Weber, a member of VII Photo, is a veritable treasure trove of quotable diagnoses of modern photography: "A fine knife stripped us [photographers] of a certain vitality, so that in the end any photographer could be hired, perhaps for visual prowess and technical ability … or even just access. In the end it wasn’t about “story,” it became more about framing a given story through pictures."