May 26, 2010

Enhancing Poverty

South African photographer, Zwelethu Mthethwa has a very interesting slideshow which includes his narration in which he talks about photographing black people, and in particular poor black people. 

He mentions how in the 80s at the height of documentary photography a lot of photos were taken in black and white, and how that technique tends to enhance the poverty of the subjects being photographed. However with a colour photo, you aren't not just looking at poverty but noticing details about the person or the environment. 

Check it out on the Guardian's website

photo credit: Zwelethu Mthethwa 


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