Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/31

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Subject: RE: [Leica] New Street Photos from Hanoi.
From: "Beddoe, Neil" <>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 09:30:13 +0100

While we're on the evils of capitalism vs evils of communism, I can't think
of any great reportage photographer with right-wing views.  Probably because
if I did, I just wouldn't think they were great.

(In an attempt to shove the debate back in a photographic direction).

- -----Original Message-----
From: Matthew Powell []
Sent: 31 May 2002 08:57
Subject: Re: [Leica] New Street Photos from Hanoi.

On Thursday, May 30, 2002, at 11:22 PM, Roland Smith wrote:
> Liberal denial does not change the landscape.

For every photograph of 'Communist' (though that term's a bit misleading 
in and of itself) poverty, you can find a photo of third-world poverty 
that we've been behind.

A factory worker slaving away under Chinese oppression is no better off 
than a worker slaving away to make Nike shoes in Thailand or Malaysia.

Both authoritarian communism and capitalism come down to the same 
thing - one group making money off anothers' sweat. As the French put 
it - "we shall not be free until the last capitalist is hung with the 
guts of the last bureaucrat."

> Roland Smith
> Oakland, California

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