20 January 2009

today was a good learning day classwise & otherwise.

in my south asian art history class our professor made a really relevant point about photography that i hadn't really ever explicitly linked. that point was that with the rise of photography came the rise of darker scenes of reality - famine, poverty, etc. she showed us this photograph above of the madras famine in the late 19th century taken by willoughby hooper. its a really powerful image that really acts as a call to action. she also made a good point about poverty that i thought was really insightful, saying that famine is a visible message that there is poor policy in the land as the land that should be used to help feed the poor is being allocated to different areas - namely for the economic benefit of those in power.