At a press conference in Perpignan, the celebrated American photographer has called on photojournalists to add more context to their images, as, he says about the festival's screenings that they fell like a "festival of shantytown after shantytown."
He says: "Yesterday evening I saw a screening of photographs and it reminded me a little about this old joke: it’s a tourist who comes back from a trip and he tells the story of when he saw a leper. He had two stumps instead of hands. So the other guy asked him: 'What did you give him?'… 'I gave him f/8 125.' And I felt this yesterday evening."
He adds: "I felt it was festival of shantytowns without context. I don’t know about the other screenings, but yesterday evening, it was shantytown after shantytown. And there was something that bothered me. There was no distance or context in the different reportages, except for the last one made by Spanish photographer Alvaro Ybarra Zavala. He, of course, looked at misery but we had the feeling that he put it in context of our society."
Alvaro Ybarra Zavala is the author of Apocalipsis, which, says the Spanish photographer, "seeks to confront us with the consequences of our decisions; to show us the orgy of desperation, blood and despair which human beings are capable of inflicting upon their fellows."
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