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May 22, 2007

Buenaventura - A good adventure?

R: I'm trying to put some thoughts together that make my head hurt and my heart ache. Today's New York Times online has a feature on Buenaventura, Colombia, a Pacific coast port city. The story is about the high level of violence that exists there. It includes a slide show of Colombian military personnel in full combat gear in "ready" poses among the poorest urban dwellers of that region. My first instinct was to be frightened, and I'm sure that was part of the intent of the photo editor.

Others have have already commented on the political rhetorics of photo editing, and layout in the print-based version of the Times [see, for example, Richard Bolton, ed, A Contest of Meaning. After the jump is a set of deep links to the images, including some that were not included in the published photo essay, in numerical order by image title. The images in the photo essay were also presented in a different ordering than that implied by the image titles. NYTimes online requires free registration to see some archived articles.

Posted by SWEAT at May 22, 2007 08:27 AM