Djeneta (right) has been bedridden and unresponsive for two and a half years and her sister Ibadeta for more than six months, with uppgivenhetssyndrom (resignation syndrome), in Horndal, Sweden, on March 2, 2017. It is a condition believed to exist only among refugees in Sweden.
Reading through the descriptions of all 33 nominees, I felt the pictures were powerful images that enhanced my understanding of important stories.
By contrast, I tend to stop reading “news articles” when the slant of the writer is this brazen:
because the images and narratives chosen by powerful news agencies and newspapers continue to speak to foundational myths that Europe (and white ex-colonists and plantation owners in America) manufactured about Africa, in order to better ease their conquest and exploitation of a regionally, politically and socially complex, dynamic continental shelf.
Rather than seeing the image selection process as one based on artistic or commercial biases, the aljazeera writer believes that Reuter’s photo selection process is part of a European conspiracy to “better ease their conquest and exploitation”.