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You know what really gets to me, and I’m sure many know this, is the blatant abuse and betrayal that white photogs display in POC countries. Every time a photo has gotten famous like this photo did in history, the actual focus of the photo is left behind in the dust while the white photog is hailed as a hero for displaying the ills of that country. He didn’t even fucking ask her name. He didn’t ask for 17 years. The world knew nothing about her life and her story. He captured one moment that made him famous and she got nothing.
Every time I see this photo, I seethe.

“Names have power, so let us speak of hers. Her name is Sharbat Gula, and she is Pashtun" [x]

@admiral-yousmator You know what really gets to me? People who have no idea what they are talking about and make comments to seem socially aware.
Lets just get a few things clear. How extensive is your knowledge of travel photography? Is it limited to simply covers of famous magazines such as National Geographic? This photo was taken by Steve McCurry, I’m sure you know who he is because you’ve identified the fact that he’s a “white photog”. Steve McCurry is famous for a collection of images, not just this one. If you credit his fame to this single image its apparent to the entire universe you have NO clue in what you’re talking about.
You say what gets to you is the “blatant abuse” and “betrayal” that “white photogs” display in POC Countries. In what way did Steve McCurry abuse or betray anyone through taking this image? He is a photojournalist, and he took a portrait. Was it against this woman’s will? No. Did he break the law in obtaining this image? No. Is it his responsibility in any way to look into the situation or provide charity for the people he photographs? No. So please explain to me what you mean by “blatant abuse” and “betrayal”. 
“Every time a photo has gotten famous like this photo did in history, the actual focus of the photo is left behind in the dust while the white photog is hailed as a hero for displaying the ills of that country.” Here is a screenshot from your blog:


You don’t tolerate racism but you’ll happily criticise every single ‘white photog’ who has ever travelled and worked in such countries? You’re probably believe that racism can’t happen to white people, but if defined as discrimination of a group of people based on characteristics such as skin colour, you are what is known as a hypocrite. 
Finally, the fame or popularity of an image is completely down to the viewers. When Steve McCurry shot this image, he had no idea of the magnitude of fame this image would escalate to. There were a number of contributing factors, such as its position on the cover of NatGeo. How can you be sure his intention was to display the ‘ills of the country”? Who hails him a hero for doing (apparently) so? Which other white photog has been hailed a hero for displaying the ills of a country? You have based a vast generalisation from one picture and the things you’ve said are false. “He captured one moment that made him famous and she got nothing.” Your anger is directed towards a photog doing his job when it should be at society and governments for letting situations get like this. 
My conclusion is you are ignorant and silly. You’ve granted yourself a belief that you know enough to make a comment about every ‘white photog’ in the world when you most likely know nothing apart from this story. 
Just so you know, I am not a ‘white photog’ who’s simply defending Steve McCurry because he’s one of my idols. I’m an 18 year old student, born in India, who doesn’t like when people talk rubbish about matters they have no respectable input about. Every time I see a comment like yours, I send an email to tumblr staff with a request of making users taking an IQ test before they can join this site. 
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