Prize-winner of World Press Photo accused of creating a “pornobest”
Shot by Italian photographer, winner of the prestigious World Press Photo awards Alessio Mamo cycle images “Dreaming of food” has caused a storm of indignation in social networks. Bi-bi-si says, what’s wrong with the kids covering eyes hands before eating the footage Mamo.
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Italian critics argue that in India photographer took nothing but exploitation of poverty. Someone even applied to his work the term “pornobest” denouncing the flaunting of caricature images of hunger.
Pictures of Mamo, which the Indian poor kids close their eyes in front of the tables with fake food was made in two particularly economically unstable Indian States.
Although Mamo has completed work on “Dreaming about food” back in 2011, in the spotlight pictures got it now, after the World Press Photo Foundation shared them in my Instagram.
In the description of the frame Mamo wrote that he had asked the models to close their eyes and imagine the food they would like to see on my Desk.
“This is a conceptual project about the problems of cities in India,” says the Italian.
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The official account of the World Press Photo Foundation in Instagram are often photographers-the winners of the award.
It is unclear whether the approved permanent account editors choice Mamo, but never went to the photographer and the editorial Board.
How *not* to photograph people who have less money than you, on full display at @WorldPressPhoto”s Instagram today. World Press Photo is one of the world’s most well-known photo organizations, but economically disadvantaged humans are not props. #povertyporn #telltheirstories pic.twitter.com/MXtMVcabie
Shannon Sims (@shannongsims) 23 Jul 2018
How [not] to take pictures of people who have less money than you. […] People in difficult economic situation — not the background for the photo.Shannon Simsuit from New Orleans
Which is worse, the platform showing these images, or the photographer who thought this was a good idea to make these images and showcase them in one of the most visible platforms? My vote is the latter. Dude could have at least brought REAL food.
— Brian Frank (@bfrankphoto) 23 Jul 2018
What’s worse — an online platform showing these pictures, or the photographer who decided it a good idea to show them on one of the most remarkable sites? I vote for the latter. The man at least had to give them real food.Brian Frankphotography from Iowa
Wow, this is tasteless and crass. From photographer @alessiomamo: “I brought with me a table and some fake food, and I told people to dream about some food that they would like to find on their table.” https://t.co/kXHa5Tv9rv pic.twitter.com/eeZXUlNMak
— Melissa Lyttle (@melissalyttle) 22 Jul 2018
Wow, this is mediocre and disgusting.Melissa Littlerally from Los Angeles
How did @WorldPressPhoto think this was an ethical approach to storytelling, let alone highlight it as something worth applauding. This is exploitative, degrading and inhuman–it is the misuse of someone’s misery for shock value and profiting from it. https://t.co/09qyk6Xmei
— Ruchi Kumar (@RuchiKumar) 23 Jul 2018
As WorldPressPhoto could come to a head that it is unethical, not to mention what it’s like admirable. This operation is degrading and inhuman.Ruchi Comespecially on Afghanistan
This photographer brought his own fake food to put in front of these starving children in India. He asked them to dream about what kind of food they wanted to put on the table. This is an example of #journalism with no moral compass. @WorldPressPhoto why are you supporting this? pic.twitter.com/4hmDzSJO45
— Lauren Wolfe (@Wolfe321) 23 Jul 2018
This is an example of journalism without a moral compass. World Press Photo, why do you support it?Lauren Wolfcastle research project “Women under siege”
In response to criticism of the World Press Photo Foundation issued a statement in which he stressed that the photographers themselves are selected, some work sharing, and the organizers of the awards only tell them the General rules of the account.
Alessio Mamo did not respond to a request of Bi-bi-si.
India is home to the world’s largest number of hungry people. In General, the determinant of hunger (the method of calculation of hunger in the world) over the last year the country ranked the hundredth place of the 119.