I was lucky enough to be invited to a private viewing of Amazon at the Gallery of Photography this evening. I lovely evening and thanks to all involved.
I have to say though, with regard to the work and the Per-Anders Pettersson work in particular, I couldn’t help but be slightly annoyed. The Selgado work is beautiful, yes, but there are legitimate questions to be asked of the means and rationale of production. In fairness to Selgado he has said he’s not an artist he’s a photographer, which deserves a lot of kudos in my book, but here again we have white middle class photographer on human safari producing wonderful images of the ‘other’. Personally I believe the Prix Pichet work is vastly more environmentally concerned and includes work which is much more developed.
Per-Anders Pettersson work, which seems to based on following an actress Gemma Arterton as she flies over the Amazon, witnessing the results of deforestation. Perhaps most irritating is the image description’s which seem to think its important that Artertons is mentioned. Is this really important?
The fact that it is also sponsored by Sky TV grates the throat perhaps most severely of all.
Maybe I am being too cynical, maybe my anti News International bias has clouded my view, maybe the very thought of Sky having any involvement with the arts is just something I can not accept. Regardless of the reason I found the show more Hollywood that Jungle, more tax write off than socially aware, but worth checking out.
Gallery of Photography:
An exhibition in Aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue with photographs bySebastião Salgado and Per-Anders Pettersson.
Sky, WWF and the Gallery of Photography are pleased to announce the Irish premiere of ‘AMAZON’, an exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue, featuring the work of two award-winning photographers - Sebastião Salgado and Per-Anders Pettersson, which opens to the public on 1st March 2012 at the Gallery of Photography.
The exhibition, brings together two remarkable, distinct bodies of photography, highlighting the plight of the Amazonian rainforest and the people living within it and showcasing the efforts of Sky Rainforest Rescue, a three year partnership between Sky and WWF, that began in 2009 and aims to help save one billion trees in the state of Acre, Northwest Brazil.