Photogenic Poverty: Souvenirs and Infantilism
Hutnyk, John. 2004. Photogenic Poverty: Souvenirs and Infantilism. Journal of Visual Culture, 3(1), pp. 77-94. ISSN 14704129 [Article]No full text available
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470412904042266
Abstract or Description
This article discusses the photograph and the souvenir together as relics of a trinketizing touristic countenance. It argues that the reified image memorializes the exotic other, and a romanticized view of childhood, in the midst of war and deprivation. Charity and memory are bound together here with geo-politics. An analysis of similarities and differences in the ways photographs and souvenirs trace encounters with ‘photogenic poverty’ is urgent. A critical political response would aim to do more than the infantilizing gestures of charity and aid now favoured by liberal concern under late imperial capitalism.