Perspectives of Poverty

poor Bauleni I lo res rich Bauleni I lo res

Perspectives of Poverty is a photo project that challenges the way we view the rural “poor.” By compiling the subtle signifiers of poverty, media images have continued to project a distorted image of Africa – one of despair and desperation.

By taking two different photos of the same person, this project aims to expose this bias and present people in a light of dignity.  Rural Africa abounds with capable, resilient, intelligent, and compassionate people, and this must be recognized if meaningful action is to be taken against global poverty.  Investment in capable people, not charity, is what is needed, and the path towards this begins with viewing those who struggle with dignity and respect.

View the complete project so far:

Perspectives of Poverty

Balancing Perspectives

Perspectives of a Mother

Perspectives of Refugees pt. I

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Responses

  1. […] Perspectives of Poverty Posted by: dmcnicholl | October 1, 2010 […]

  2. […] McNicholl, a member of Engineers Without Borders who works in Malawi, has started aphotography project related to the issue of poverty pornography. McNicholl says, “[I] thought that these images […]

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  4. […] that the rest of the story should be told as well.” He began a photography project called Perspectives of Poverty to highlight the disparity between the stereotypical “charity” photo of a person, and […]

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  7. I think what you are doing is beneficial. In some of my previous college classes we discussed some of the same ethical concerns that you have brought up in your blog. It is a shame that often stereotypes about Africa are continuously reinforced, because some people that more money will be donated. At what cost are people selling a one dimensional image that educate people to perceive life in such a narrow way, especially about Africa.

  8. Thanks for sharing your project with us. It’s amazing how the same person can be depicted so differently, depending on the context of the photo. Is there a place where we can find all of your photo projects in one location?

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