If you haven’t visited photographer Alec Soth’s new weblog yet, perhaps you should. On there I came across a post on the amount of coverage post-9/11 as the most photographed event in history. It is odd that when there is any sort of event nowadays, people have the urge to get the camera out and take pictures of it, be it of a catastrophe or your child doing something “special”. What does this say about us?
It should worry us that there are cruelties in the world that are not photographed or reported enough or not at all. It should also worry us that some of the events in “our world” i.e. the western civilisation are excessively reported on. This imbalance of attention needs to be questioned more.