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John Vink Interview Part II

Part II of the interview with John Vink

John:

Why do you climb a mountain? Because it’s there… I must say I never understood why people talk about well-known people. They have a voice already. So why add more noise? Too much information becomes noise. I never understood (or rather: wanted to accept) the fact that all the media focus on the same topic at the same time. When all the media went to Rwanda, I went to Angola. World news… What is that? Whose world are we talking about? Do you really believe the guy in Cambodia who just got kicked out of the shack he has been living in for the last ten years gives a 100 Riel note about Israel flattening parts of Beyrouth? Is a Hezbollah more important than an Israeli or a Phnom Penh slum dweller? I guess it depends on where the center of your world is. When I look at the Cambodian news, Cambodia is in the middle of the map (not that all Cambodians give a shit about the slum dweller next door mind you)…

I always understood the function of being a photojournalist as a go-between, shuttling between one group of people and another to try and explain how the others are faring. It is a fairly simple job in fact: you identify a group, go there, look around, sniff around, listen, take pictures which try to convey what you saw, smelled, heard, and bring it back to others who don’t have the opportunity of going there. Personally, as a matter of putting the sound balance right, I would go to those groups which have more difficulties in having their voice heard (when the voice is faint it is more interesting for that exact reason: why is it that faint?). Refugees have less voice than others. They are pawns. Minorities have less voice. Victims have less voice. If they had a loud voice (if they were allowed to have a loud voice) they would not be a victim. Power is about shutting up the voice of the others. So it goes like this: you have a faint voice, I’ll try and talk about you. You have a loud voice: I heard you already and I am not interested in more…

by Wayne E. Yang at 2007-03-03 14:08:24 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New York , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

:)))))))!!!!!!!…

“We are dogs pissing on lampposts…” :)))))))))))….

i love this interview, still waiting though for John’s reflections (deeply insightful indeed) about watching the Mekong :)))))))….

thanks Wayne for I and II, have enjoyed them very much…

cheers,
bob

by [former member] | 03 Mar 2007 18:03 | toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
John, listen to this version… !

now I go on reading..

by [former member] | 03 Mar 2007 18:03 (ed. Jul 18 2007) | Ibiza, Spain | | Report spam→
Man.. I didn’t even read the first part yet… You are damn fast…

Man.. I didn’t even read the first part yet… You are damn fast…Thanks Wayne….

by | 03 Mar 2007 18:03 | toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Thanks, Bob, Stefan and Ali. Bob, I hope John’s patience with my questions lasts a while longer. Terrific answers, right? Do you have a link to his post about sitting under a tree on the Mekong? W

by Wayne E. Yang | 03 Mar 2007 20:03 (ed. Mar 3 2007) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Wayne for your effort making this interviews , I’ve enjoyed all of them.

by Alex Reshuan | 03 Mar 2007 20:03 | Guayaquil, Ecuador | | Report spam→
Thanks Wayne and John. Fascinating interviews.

by [former member] | 03 Mar 2007 23:03 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Wayne: i can’t remember which post John mentioned the Mekong…it was a humourous but great suggestion to another LS member about photography or about visiting, etc…gentle, wise and funny, just like Vink….i’ll look tomorrow for the post, ’cause im running today with family :)))…looking forward to next parts :)))

cheers,
bob

by [former member] | 04 Mar 2007 17:03 | toronto, Canada | | Report spam→

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Wayne E. Yang, Writer/Photographer Wayne E. Yang
Writer/Photographer
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Alex Reshuan, Photographer Alex Reshuan
Photographer
Guayaquil , Ecuador


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