Exploitation, or driving social awareness in Street Photography?

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I wrote a Facebook post in February, expressing some disquiet about exploitative street photography. Street photography is legal in most public spaces in most countries, and is enjoying enormous popularity. Yet at what point does photography veer from story telling and  observation, reportage and documentation, possibly with a view to raising social awareness of issues – and at what point does it move into …

“Sugar Daddy”

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At first glance, a friendly couple, in the market place in the Malawi capital, Lilongwe. Then, at second glance, a “Sugar Daddy“. Most research has suggested that this inter-generational phenomenon has contributed to the spread of the HIV virus – indeed many countries, including South Africa, run public health awareness and education campaigns on the issue. There is some recent evidence that …