Comments on: Congo On the Wire exhibition, Bayeux, France What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mathew Welsh Sat, 24 Oct 2009 23:54:54 +0000 Thanks for the article. Photographers are often the first “eyes of the world” that are watching. It’s tragic when the photos remain silent and just can’t compete with the rest of the noise in the world. It’s hard to fathom 5 Million deaths in the bloodiest conflict since WWII, just passing under the radar.

I wish I could see the exhibit. I hope it goes on tour. I like what you’ve written about using the shallow depth of field to pull the subjects out of the environment/context, to focus on the fact that they are human with a narrative that we can probably relate to somehow. THey are not just more black faces in a news story about strife in Africa.

I had the good fortune to travel to West Africa, to The Gambia, this past March, to shoot a short educational documentary that aimed to show the resilience and savvy of the people there. Had the same experience where meeting the people one on one made us feel so surely that this is not a lost continent.

By: Beth Arnold Sun, 18 Oct 2009 14:34:39 +0000 Thanks so much for your long and hard work. You have contributed to world consciousness. You are making a difference. It must have felt so lonely and futile at times, but you’ve done a great job and enriched us all.

I’ll try to get to Bayeux. All the best to you.