Photographer Andrew Newey is all the rage right now, thanks to the recent widespread dissemination of his amazing images of traditional Nepalese honey hunters at work. I saw the first reference to these images on Petapixel about 10 days ago, which was simply aggregating a post from the New York Times Lens blog.
Newey is a British shooter who describes himself as a ‘documentary travel photographer,’ a term I’ve never seen before. He travels the world shooting native cultures, and he’s pretty damned good at it.
There’s plenty of controversy about this type of photography–is Newey doing more harm to native cultures than good when he exposes the beauty of their customs, attracting the inevitable tourists and all of the harm that comes with them?–but I’m not going to write about that. You can read the Lens piece or check out the best story I’ve seen, today in Wired, for that take.
But what you really should see are his beautiful photographs, and the best place to do that is on Newey’s own website. This link will take you there, click into the Portfolio section and the link for the honey hunters to get the best resolution, largest and most complete selection of images.
What do you guys think? Is Newey’s work exploitive? Is he simply aping what National Geographic does every day of the year with their publication? Or can you make a case for this type of photography?
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