u, an outsider, are only allowed into the art/fashion world because i have framed you and flattened u for easy consumption and because u are dressed as i please for our taste.
ur taste doesn't matter, only mine. with my skill i have chosen u and i have chosen what to frame and i have chosen this moment in time, what is best fitting for u to wear and do according to my taste.
i will allow u some choices because it is more Authentic and that makes for a better story.
u r not allowed into the art/fashion world as a person. u r allowed into it as an object (for entertainment, for viewing pleasure, for admiration, to inspire contemplation on Human Nature).
ur life is material for a story for me 2 tell, a sentence or a short video that adds a dash of spice to a photograph among many.
as soon as i am done with u, u as a person do not matter.
the photograph i have constructed is a vessel for my taste and skill.
it is pleasant to think about wot a good person i am, givin voice to the voiceless.
a big difference between this and photography with documentary goals (e.g. nachtwey the photojournalist) is that culture and the events and the people here are reduced to just props, mere stage background to add pepper to the real subject.
in the same way, the photographer in pirx's comment reduces the people and things they photograph to pictures to share within their groups, props in their life to show how Cultured and Open-Minded they are.
like most things, lots of issues and problems and noble aims are tangled up an barely anything is wholly good or wholly bad.
even in photojournalism or social documentary kinda photography that strives towards objectivity and recording things "as they are," photographers bring their own biases to the table. their understanding of things "as they are" may be very different from that of the people on the other end of the camera.
i feel like the problem is not only exploitation but that the view of the person with more power is accepted as the Objective or Tasteful view.
i think i enjoyed the video attached to this editorial but i don't think i-d in general (or the wider fashion world for that matter) is very good at framing cultural differences or Other groups.
for example this video
, where it felt like attempts to understand south korean culture were very superficial and where The Foreign Culture is presented as oppressive and antagonistic. the video felt like half an hour of patting the host's back on how progressive an free an etc. her values are.
looking at their videos about Other Folks feels like opening a cabinet of curios.