Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/08/03

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Subject: Re: Re[2]: [Leica] Re: salgado et al.
From: Andrew Schroter <>
Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2001 15:36:12 -0700
References: <> <v04011701b7903e261830@[]> <>

Each photographer brings their own point of view to a subject.  That point
of view is reflected in what they "see".  The point of view that a
middle-class American photographer brings to photography of some far-off
exotic locale is no more or less valid than the photography of a local
person.  Each sees the same subject through the filter of their respective

It is quite useful to see both points of view.

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Walkden" <>
To: "Guy Bennett" <>
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2001 11:54 AM
Subject: Re[2]: [Leica] Re: salgado et al.

> Hi,
> everything I would have said about this thread has already been said
> by others - I am in favour of anybody taking pictures of any culture,
> provided of course that one observes the normal courtesies.
> Most of my own photography of foreign cultures has been in Ethiopia,
> and I would strongly support the paragraph quoted below. Depardon's
> photographs of Ethiopia capture the country that I've been to more
> accurately than any other photos of Ethiopia, including mine :o(, that
> I know of. I've been to most of the Ethiopian places in his excellent
> book 'Voyages', and he really has done a great job.
> ---
>  Bob
> > So, that the work of photojournalists such as Salgado, Natchwey et al,
> > not representative of the "big picture" of life in a given country seems
> > obvious enough - Singh's pictures of India and Depardon's pictures of
> > Ethopia, to give just two examples, are very different indeed from the
> > endless stream of images featuring emaciated, impoverished children that
> > one has come to expect from western news media. But, of couse, no
> > of two smiling Ethopian girls amusing themselves on a streetcorner is
> > going to make the front page of a major western newspaper.

In reply to: Message from Guy Bennett <> (Re: [Leica] Re: salgado et al.)
Message from Bob Walkden <> (Re[2]: [Leica] Re: salgado et al.)