Funny Money.

Photographs by Max Siedentopf.
Kesselskramer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016. Unpaged, color and black-and-white illustrations, 2¾x5".



Publisher's Description

Photographing locals in Africa is something many Westerners enjoy doing, but unfortunately they rarely want to document the reality of the person in front of them. Rather, they desire a photo that reinforces their idea of a stereotypical “African”. By offering money, they can dictate how the subject is portrayed, turning the photo into an exploitation of the individual, their culture and tribal history, and perpetuating derogatory clichés. Max Siedentopf grew up in Namibia. On his last visit home he asked locals if he could take their picture. If they wanted money in return, he let them name their price. Although free to pose in any way they liked, the money had to be part of the photograph.


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