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Can a photograph that idealizes the beauty of its subject portray the reality of work?  Steve McCurry | Smoking Coal Miner, Pol-e-Khomri,

Can a photograph that idealizes the beauty of its subject portray the reality of work? 

Steve McCurry | Smoking Coal Miner, Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan (2002) | Artsy

HPC (athousandcries.org) Rana Plaza Collapse- Death of A Thousand Dreams

• How does each photograph depict working lives?
• How does each photograph depict the culture in which it was taken, including

that culture’s values surrounding work, wealth versus poverty, and social
class?

• What features of each photograph stand out to you as the viewer and make
the photograph impactful?

• Can a photograph that idealizes the beauty of its subject portray the reality of
work?

o Does McCurry’s photograph show the truth of work within its
cultural context, or does he idealize the culture?

o Does Akhter do a “better” job of capturing the reality of her
subject?

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