Photography with Love and Dignity

This article points to reasons why mass surveillance strips surveilled innocents of their dignity. Mass surveillance essentially treats human populations as just any other good to be processed, scrutinized, and shelved into neat technical categories.  Researchers from the social sciences observe protocols in every phase of survey data and information management – from collection to storage.  Researchers brief subjects about the study, formally assure them protection of their rights, and inquire after their consent to the study.  Clinicians even observe certain protocols when testing drugs on animals.  There is no reason therefore to apply standards to similar work involving human beings as subjects of study.  The operative word I believe is human being.

LAURA COOK PHOTOGRAPHY

What the poor need most is not pity but love. They need to feel respect for their human dignity, which is neither less nor different from the dignity of any other human being.

(Mother Teresa)

Khadisara (age 13 in this image) is NOT just a girl living in poverty. She is a helpful girl who cares deeply for her mother and does all she can to support her younger sisters. She is a girl that did not want to pose with a cheesy smile. It wasn't 'her'. She is a girl that wanted to share her story. (Taken in 2012 for All We Can in Nepal) Khadisara (age 13 in this image) is NOT just a girl living in poverty. She is a helpful girl who cares deeply for her mother and does all she can to support her younger sisters. She is a girl that did not want to pose with a cheesy smile. It wasn’t ‘her’. She is a girl that wanted to share her story. (Taken in 2012 for All We Can in Nepal)

I do not photograph ‘the poor’. I photograph people. Some of these people happen to live in poverty, some sadly live in extreme poverty. I agree with Mother Teresa, ‘the poor’ do not need pity, they need love. We all do don’t we? We…

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