Witness
sinidentidades:

Getty images photographer Scott Olson shot this image prior to his arrest in Ferguson
"Photographers and viewers of photography tend to support “sensitive” and “tasteful” documentary style work, a fact that reveals, among other things, our guilt and discomfort looking at truly difficult work.

The guilt isn’t entirely unwarranted, both because of the facts of poverty and marginalization in America and because of the history of how cameras have been used. The colonialist history of white men travelling to colonies “owned” by their countries and photographing the “natives” was, and is, troubling in part because of the power imbalance between subject and photographer—a dynamic sometimes made obvious by the lack of clothing on the subjects. The work was sometimes used by colonialists and Christians to show the “potential” of the natives, to be civilized, colonized, Christianized. These extreme historical cases are helpful because they clarify a dynamic that to a limited extent, still exists.

Today, the tradition of photographers making somber, dignified portraits of poor people—the clichéd yet steadfastly popular kind where we are meant to interpret the dignity of these kind but struggling folks through their bright, crisp eyes—needs a reconsideration. Not only is this type of work uninteresting; it is actually offensive. Its aesthetic agenda is to pronounce, in a heavy-handed way, a judgment of goodness on its subject (i.e. “look into the eyes of this kind man; do not judge, for he is poor but good; he is your equal”). Traditionally, this has been a safe, widely condoned documentary strategy, but it is ultimately uninteresting—and unfaithful to the complexity of reality—to wrap people up into such a neat package of comprehensibility. Furthermore, this strategy is founded on two faulty premises—that the photographer knows his/her subject well enough to claim his/her dignity, and that the photographer has the ethical authority/superiority to make a judgment of goodness. If there is any kind of photography that recalls the colonialist-Christian mission, it is this.

To photograph people in a less controlled and controlling way is not only more interesting, it’s more faithful to reality and more appropriate given the complexity and unpredictability of people. Perhaps the most offensive thing a photographer can do is to make a simplistic image of another person, an image that is easily interpreted, therefore denying the subject any complexity. It is a sign of progress and of a largely-reconstructed culture that we are so sensitive to behavior that in any way reminds us of our ugly past (with regard to our treatment of minorities and the poor). But another sign of progress would be a culture that allows for the possibility of ambiguity, difficulty and contradiction in its documentary work."
- Gregory Halpern, “On Documentary Ethics" (2013)

I’ve posted it before, but this essay is important, and I encourage everyone to read the whole thing.

(via ghost-of-algren)

(Source: dagwolf)

msnbc:


"Ever since you’re born, you’re taught that this posture right here should guarantee you life and liberty in your interaction with the police officer."

- Phillip Agnew, on the shooting death of Mike Brown.

msnbc:

"Ever since you’re born, you’re taught that this posture right here should guarantee you life and liberty in your interaction with the police officer."

- Phillip Agnew, on the shooting death of Mike Brown.

anadalusjack:

thebluelip-blondie:

koercion:

A Washington Post reporter.

In America.

fucking christ…

Why is this supposed to be shocking?

The press gets no passes. If they want to kill you, they’ll kill you too.

People don’t understand the things they’ve allowed police to get away with when it’s just usually black folks that they can pretend deserve it.

Press badges won’t protect you, they never have.

fotojournalismus:

A woman holds the body of her 1-year-old daughter at her funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

fotojournalismus:

A woman holds the body of her 1-year-old daughter at her funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

genericlatino:

Are there actually non-Dutch people rooting for the Dutch tomorrow?

genericlatino:

From "Nazi sympathizer invades pitch during Ghana-Germany game",

And on Saturday, it took center stage again when a Nazi sympathizer rushed the field during the Ghana-Germany game. No security attempted to stop him as he took his shirt off to reveal a pro-Nazi message. He had to be ushered off the field by Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.Several German fans also showed up to the game with their faces painted black.

genericlatino:

From "Nazi sympathizer invades pitch during Ghana-Germany game",

And on Saturday, it took center stage again when a Nazi sympathizer rushed the field during the Ghana-Germany game. No security attempted to stop him as he took his shirt off to reveal a pro-Nazi message. He had to be ushered off the field by Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.

Several German fans also showed up to the game with their faces painted black.

quoms:

a new gallup poll shows that a whopping 7% of americans have ‘confidence’ in congress. this is the lowest score for any institution gallup has ever measured. it’s just below last year’s congress confidence rating of 10% which was also the lowest score for any institution gallup had ever measured

marxvx:

World Cup Protesters, Indigenous Tribes Unite against Brazilian Police

The country has been no stranger to anti-World Cup demonstrations, from Brasilia, to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, from activists angry at the multi-billion cost of staging the tournament in a country where the poorest 34% receive less than 1.2% of the nation’s income.

Brasilia’s stadium will cost roughly three times the price tag first budgeted, approximately 1.9 billion reais (£500m), a report from city auditors said last week.

Though smaller than the million-strong protests that rocked the South American nation during 2013, never before have demonstrations taken on this colour, as activists were joined by 300 indigenous protesters who had been staging a separate sit-in at Congress demanding land rights.

The tribesmen are known for their Brasilia protests outside government buildings, but this is the first time they have joined the social change activists charge against the World Cup.

One policeman was reportedly shot in the leg by an arrow fired from the bow of an indigenous protestor, Huff Post correspondents at the Brasil Post reported, with protesters aiming their weapons at the Congress building, then at police.

poonanji:

see terms:
daddy issues
friend zoned
jail bait

poonanji:

see terms:

  • daddy issues
  • friend zoned
  • jail bait

(Source: cheyennekaris)