Slum photos were weaponised against the people they depict

Slum photos were weaponised against the people they depict

It’s a thin line between documenting suffering and injustice to raise awareness, and exploiting the people depicted in the images (the iconic image of the «Afghan Girl» is an infamous example). Sometimes, it’s not a thin line: This historical essay describes how slum photography was explicitly used against the people it showed, to make their lives worse.


From Weekly Filet #453, in August 2023.

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