A serious note about frivolity

February 1, 2009 at 9:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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(originally written September 2, 10:41 pm)

The New York Times had an article yesterday about a controversial Vogue India fashion photo spread that has impoverished Indians “modeling” Birkin bags and Fendi baby bibs. While I agree with the criticism that photographing the desperately poor carrying luxury items—especially in a county where about half the population lives on less than $1.25 a day—is seriously twisted and “downright distasteful” (as an interviewee puts it in the aritcle), an even more degrading aspect of the shoot that gets but a cursory mention is the fact that the captions didn’t even identify the names of the people in the photos. Failing to name the HUMAN BEINGS used to display the products reduces them to no more than breathing clothing racks, and that is downright offensive.

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