"A photographer who specializes in world misery (including but not restricted to the effects of war), Sebastião Salgado […] has come under steady attack for producing spectacular, beautifully composed big pictures that are said to be cinematic […] particular with the seven-year project he calls ‘Migrations: Humanity in Transition’.

The problem is in the pictures themselves, not how and where they are exhibited: in their focus on the powerless, reduced to their powerlessness. It is significant that the powerless are not named in the captions. A portrait that declines to name its subject becomes complicit, if inadvertently, in the cult of celebrity that has fueled an insatiable appetite for the opposite sort of photograph: to grant only the famous their names demotes the rest to representative instances of their occupations, their ethnicities, their plights. Taken in thirty-nine countries, Salagado’s migration pictures group together under this single heading, a host of different causes and kinds of distress. Making suffering loom larger, by globalizing it, may spur people to feel they ought to ‘care’ more. It also invites them to feel that the sufferings and misfortunes are too vast, too irrevocable, too epic to be much changed by any local political intervention. With a subject conceived on this scale, compassion can only flounder—and make abstract. But all politics, all of history, is concrete. (To be sure, nobody who really thinks about history can take politics altogether seriously)."

Susan Sontag - Regarding the Pain of Others

(Source: mizoguchi)

"asphalt jungle" by ellen von unwerth for french glamour oct ‘89.

steven meisel kirsten owen vogue us jul. 1998

sebastian errazuriz autosafari:

Cartier Foundation, Paris, b. 1984. - architecture by Jean Nouvel


Honestly people who have active opinions about apple vs android and engage in arguments about it need to google prison industrial complex and channel their rage into something that actually matters

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River by Ibeyi
童 by Faye Wong

FADER FASHION FROM THE ARCHIVES: Shot in Africa, photography by Andrew Dosunmu, styling by Mobolaji Dawodu, 2007.

French Afro-Cuban twin sisters, Ibeyi.

Woman, Janiguda, a Bada Paroja village, Orissa, India  © Walter Callens