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pornography of famine


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  • "In December I had made the usual press trip to Ethiopia, forcing myself to watch people die, following the corpses to the washing place and the burial ground, while my photographer looked for the most stick-like limbs and the biggest eyes, in our bid to keep up the emotional pressure on a fickle public. A Danish Red Cross worker called the media binge on pictures of the dead and dying 'the pornography of famine'. The public was hooked on it; you can't sell a picture of a healthy, smiling Ethiopian for love or money, as I was to find out."

    - 'Resetlement, Ethiopia, 1985', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

    September 1, 2008