A Too-Perfect Picture

Kemps Corner, Mumbai, 1989. Credit Succession Raghubir Singh

“Art is always difficult, but it is especially difficult when it comes to telling other people’s stories. And it is ferociously difficult when those others are tangled up in your history and you are tangled up in theirs. What honors those we look at, those whose stories we try to tell, is work that acknowledges their complex sense of their own reality. Good photography, regardless of its style, is always emotionally generous in this way. For this reason, it outlives the moment that occasions it. Weaker photography delivers a quick message — sweetness, pathos, humor — but fails to do more. But more is what we are.”

How can we tell when a photograph is giving us the truth about a place and not simply trafficking in fantasy?

Source: A Too-Perfect Picture

An absolutely must read article by Teju Cole critiquing the work of Steve McCurry. Thankyou!!