Photography, how much is too much, is not enough?Written by duckrabbit
Take two minutes to read Joerg Colberg’s interesting post on our relationship with photography and human rights.
After examining how Nick Ut’s well-known photo of soldiers and Vietnamese napalm victims has been re-framed as a picture minus the children, and then as a picture totally devoid of human beings, Joerg states:
It’s time to add things back in. By “things” I ultimately mean us. We need to add ourselves back in.
I totally agree.
But don’t misread that as an argument for a visual feast of suffering.
From a personal and psychological point of view I am not persuaded that images of extreme suffering are conductors of change. Whilst there is a failure of balance in the way that wars are reported (we only really see ‘our’ soldiers), it’s dangerous to blame the imbalance for an individual’s antipathy on human rights.
It’s a bit like saying I would have cared more about priests buggering children if only you had taken a photograph of one in the act.
I’ll respond to Joerg’s statement with a question,
When we see more, do we give more of ourselves?