One of the photographers whose work I researched before my trip to Burma is Sebastiao Salgado. He was born in Brazil in 1944, trained as an economist at University of Sao Paulo. However, since 1973 he has been working as a full-time photographer. Most of his projects try to show the harshness of workers’ lives in developing countries and persons displaced as a result of military conflict. Working in black and white ensures that his photo documentary images are powerful and hard-hitting.
The pictures I chose for my exercise “In the style of…” is a portrait of a refugee child taken in Shamak camp for displaced people, Puli-i-Kumri, northern Afghanistan in 1996. The boy in the picture seems to be shy but maintains eye contact with the lens of the camera. This draws the viewer’s attention to his face. The clenched fists in the pockets of his vest suggest that he may have been scared by the photographer taking his picture. The boy in my picture also maintains eye contact with the lens but his facial expression is much more relaxed.