Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] depths of reverberation
From: "Julian Thomas" <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2000 18:12:31 +0100

> Isn't your sociologist's socialistic political agenda blurring your
> Isn't all this talk about how the multinationals "done it" out of fashion
> Bernard

Interesting that you think a sociologist (someone who studies society) has a
socialistic political agenda. There is a view today that the only forces
capable of government are multinationals and that the role of national
governments is to provide a supportive environment for them to operate in.
Now, the problem with this is that the market has no ethics - and those who
loose, loose big time. One of the clearest  examples of this is Salgado's
'Workers' - as you probably know, he goes back to those people who form the
basic supply chain of the western consumer and shows how these workers live.
This cannot be defended ethically. I'm not taking a political stance if I
defend the work of Tina Manley by saying that work like this (although
marginal) is vitally necessary.

There is no immediate answer to this complicated question, but talking in
slogans of 'socialistic political agenda' uses a rhetorical technique of
trying to polarise and dismiss the argument by the use of an emotive and
value-ridden term.

I'm an avid fan of PJ - the reason why I got into using Leica Ms was that it
was the best tool to allow me to get in close to people - the work of
Nachtwey and salgado and others often discussed on this list is trying to
make the plight of disadvantaged peopel better by illuminating what is going

Anyway - shall we take this off-list?? :-)