I wonder what would happen if TV news started slipped into the convention of returning to black and white when covering starvation in Africa?
Of course TV news and photojournalism are two different beasts and photos are still often printed black and white in newspapers.
I agree with the thought above by Mikko. The black and white photos that are coming from Northern Kenya have that timeless feel to them. When the photos come without names in the captions I can’t help but feel we could be looking at a picture from the region taken anytime over the last thirty years.
One thing that bothers me. The photography seems to be, more often that not, part of the story that we need to do more. That we need to give more. That we should feel guilty.
A lot of the accompanying journalism does the same.
It all seems part of the machine that WE need to do something to save these people; that in some way we should feel responsible.
Journalism loves drama and there is little more dramatic and upsetting then watching children die because they couldn’t get enough food. Its a devastating thing to witness and it would never be allowed to happen in a world that has any sense of decency.
I think we need to be asking why this keeps happening, not just gawking at pictures of the half-dead. And when we have some sort of reasonable answer to that question we need to fund the organizations that present some well thought out approaches to turning the situation round.
I love this part of the world, but I’m not prepared to fund half arsed solutions that ultimately some would argue actually help perpetuate the problem. To put money in the pockets of charities that refuse to engage with the bigger issue of why the population is growing at rate of around 2% in one of the most food insecure areas on the entire planet.