The Politics of Photographing Poverty
We are delighted to have award winning photographer Stuart Freedman and author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, Owen Jones to open a discussion on this subject at our next London Photographers’ Branch meeting.
Stuart Freedman was born in London and has been a photographer since the early 90’s covering stories from Albania to Afghanistan and from former Yugoslavia to Haiti.
His work has been exhibited widely and recognised in many awards including Amnesty International (twice), Pictures of the Year, The World Sports Photo Award, The Royal Photographic Society and UNICEF. In 1998 he was selected for the World Press Masterclass.
His work on HIV/AIDS in Rwanda and from post-conflict South of Lebanon have toured extensively internationally. In 1999 he was invited to speak on Capitol Hill in the USA about the atrocities in Sierra Leone where his initial work on the Mutilated premiered. In 2004 he addressed the Oxford Union about the continued suffering of that country.
He continues to write and photograph for a variety of editorial and commercial clients.
Owen Jones has worked as a trade union lobbyist, as a parliamentary researcher for a Labour MP, has recently joined The Independent and is currently working on his second book, a polemic about the British Establishment. He is best known for his book Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class which explores the prejudice in society against those portrayed as “Thick. Violent. Criminal”.
According to The London Child Poverty Commission, almost halve of Inner London children live in poverty after housing costs. With no end in sight to the global crisis, the meeting will have a closer look at the representation of poverty in the media both at home and abroad.
For more on the subject please read LPB branch committee member, Philip Wolmuth’s blog post (first published in the BJP): Picturing Poverty