Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/02/12

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Salgado to speak in Seattle Feb 16
From: "Matthew Powell" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 09:32:42 -0600
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> For example, if you have a row of fairly ordinary houses in a typical
> market economy where there are a range of incomes. At the end of the row
> is one falling-down shack. Unless you a photographing for a chocolate
> box, the falling-down shack is more photogenic than the row of ordinary
> houses. The ordinary houses may be economically more representative, but
> a photograph of them will be too ordinary, uninteresting, maybe cutesy.
> Banal. On the other hand, snap a shot of the the falling-down shack and
> not only do you have a more interesting picture, you will be considered
> a deep social commentator.

But that example isn't a "typical" market economy. Chile under Pinochet is
closer to a typical "market economy" - more than half in poverty, with
Friedman's economic "reforms" benefitting the top 10% at most.

Thus Salgado isn't skewing his sample - he's showing reality. Showing row
upon row of tract houses and SUVs would be skewed.

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