Visual discourse exploring memory, semiotics, ethics and objectivity.
Datta violates one of the most basic and fundamental ethical laws of photojournalism: the need for authenticity.
Photographs showing human suffering and rights abuses are fundamentally different. They show something that should not exist, and yet it does.
Photography is littered with references to cultural codes. Depending on their context, they influence how images and subjects become associated with stereotypes in the minds of viewers.
Photography is often used as a tool to help us remember the past. Images themselves, are obviously static and yet they bring such a strong feeling of time passing.
Photography has often been linked to objectivity, cited as the closest thing in art to a 'true' representation of 'reality' — 'proof', a 'reliable witness', having 'been there', from the 'spectator's viewpoint'.
A six-month investigation into visual coverage in the New York Times and the New York Post found that both newspapers distorted the reality of homelessness, misrepresenting those affected by it.