was one of those endless nights on the net when I found an article
written by this photographer from Vermont. He wrote about the
young photographers of today, so you know he caught my
attention. The title of the article was called: Plain
People & in it, Peter Miller wrote this:
"Too many young
people search out the poor, the starving, the disadvantaged, the
imprisoned, or whatever makes these people camera fodder. Then these
budding photographers travel the world in search of misery. They are
egged on by grants and awards and editors and workshops. They could
do much better if they stayed at home and photographed just ordinary
people and life around them, and when they learn about people, then
travel elsewhere. However, there is no news value in the
ordinary, there is no glamour in traveling to Vermont or North
Dakota rather than the Sudan or Mongolia; in the end, there is no
money or reputation being built by shooting what's next door.
Sometimes, I think it is guilt that makes young photographers search
for a disadvantaged theme and sometimes I think it is smugness that
allows them to photograph somebody less privileged then themselves.
All I do is compare their photographs against, say, Salgado's and I
say, where is the humanity in these young photographers?"
[ Web Site: http://sessionware.com/sightphoto/miller/