You know what really gets to me, and I’m sure many know this, is the blatant abuse and betrayal that white photogs display in POC countries. Every time a photo has gotten famous like this photo did in history, the actual focus of the photo is left behind in the dust while the white photog is hailed as a hero for displaying the ills of that country. He didn’t even fucking ask her name. He didn’t ask for 17 years. The world knew nothing about her life and her story. He captured one moment that made him famous and she got nothing.
Every time I see this photo, I seethe.
A fascinating look at how someone can twist reality to fit their prejudices.
The National Geographic Magazine sent a crew to document events in Pakistan. They did so. If they did receive praise, it was for doing the job they were paid to do.
The photograph did earn the photographer praise for his talent. Apparently, It’s rude to praise the work of talented people, especially those who can’t do anything to improve the things they report on.
The only people in Pakistan who benefited from the article in National Geographic were those people & businesses who provided the crew with goods & services.
The archives of the National Geographic magazine are full of unidentified people. To suggest that this girl should’ve been named, or receive compensation for having her picture taken, is contrary to the accepted practices of news organizations the world over.