“There is a name for the type of imagery that is supposed to shock people in developed nations with the realities of…

“There is a name for the type of imagery that is supposed to shock people in developed nations with the realities of extreme poverty: ‘poverty porn.’ While there is a time and place to document suffering, it is important to make sure the person in the photograph is aware of what the picture will be used for, and that the image is presented with context. When photos of children with distended bellies are used as symbols instead of portraits of living people, they are erased as individuals. Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully and presented with dignity: as a person with their own dreams, character, and motivations.”

Words & image: http://buff.ly/1uh4Yqi Photo: Wikimedia: Oxfam East Africa.

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