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April 11, 2013

Photography and Poverty: Tendency to Infantalize?

I came upon this picture in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day gallery. Taken on a run down street in Manila, I find it a powerful commentary about photography and poverty, suggesting how easily and typically we can infantilize the poor.

…And, to the extent the caption is prefaced with the word “OUTGROWN,” doesn’t this photo do it too?

(photo: Aaron Favila/Associated Press. caption: OUTGROWN: A man read a newspaper inside a dilapidated crib along a street in downtown Manila, Philippines, Wednesday.)

  • Stan B.

    An easy, cheap shot “of the least of these” playing at the most appropriate venue guaranteed the most cheap laughs. Of course, you’re not going to see corresponding shots of the suits acting the spoiled, drunken little children they are come any Friday evening.

  • Scarabus

    Do you have a photo of “Diaper-David” Vitter?

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