6.11.2007

hunger and plenty

James passed along this photo essay from Time magazine: What The World Eats.

It shows a week's worth of food from 15 different homes, all over the world.

The photographs are from the book Hungry Planet, by photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio. Here's more about the book from NPR.

8 comments:

Wild English Rose said...

In a vaguely related point, I found this article on food aid very thought provoking. The general premise is that whilst food distribution, particularly to children, in developing countries is necessary and can have positive effects in terms of development, that it can cause enormous damage to local economies if the food is not bought locally but is instead provided by dumping surplus crops from the west. The article explains much better than I can and is well worth a read.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/
foodmonthly/story/
0,,2086227,00.html

L-girl said...

Thanks, WER. Good stuff.

Scott M. said...

It's interesting to see the contrast in the looks on people's faces with the amount they consume. I wonder if the photographer, in choosing the shots, was going out of his way to line up a particular emotion with a particular family.

L-girl said...

I don't know this man's work at all, but if he's an ethical photojournalist, he aims to capture the people as they seem to him, rather than shaping the story in another direction.

The Ecuadorean family reminded me of people we met and saw in Peru - the hats, the shape of their faces, their warm smiles, and their diet, as well.

Scott M. said...

if he's an ethical photojournalist, he aims to capture the people as they seem to him

I guess. But the whole shot is really contrived, so I would imagine the people posing in the picture would have taken their cues from the photographer.

L-girl said...

That's not a fair assumption.

I believe the couple (writer & photog) spent a lot of time with all the families and photographed them extensively.

By contrived, you mean staged, planned?

L-girl said...

Anyway, why the focus on that? It's not the main point of the photo essay by any means.

Ferdzy said...

I thought this was very interesting! I wonder what it would look like to photograph our household food for a week? I might try it.