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Apr 21 Xtoph commented on Wim Wenders Documentary The Salt of the Earth Is About Photographer Sebastião Salgado.
It is not really relevant that Salgado has, besides taking pictures, sometimes also done other things. *of course he has*. if he never did anything but observe life, he'd be dead. And you should note I haven't the slightest objection to a reviewer having personal responses. It's just that as a professional, you really ought to have thought through this issue already; you have an obligation to have educated, and hopefully also interesting responses. The hoary shibboleth you raise--pretending that there is some sort of contradiction to getting paid for work involving poor people--reliably crops up to discredit photographers and their documentary works, no matter how often it is thoroughly debunked. The last thing we need is to equate critical insight into an artist or their artwork with a balance sheet. And a critic really should know better. It might be different if there was any reason to think Salgado was exploiting or afflicting in any way the subjects of his work; I certainly don't know of any. It's possible that as a photographer and anthropologist who works with poor people both here and abroad I am unusually impatient with the cliche. But if that's so, I hope you can learn something of benefit from my bluntness.
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Apr 18 Xtoph commented on Wim Wenders Documentary The Salt of the Earth Is About Photographer Sebastião Salgado.
What a stupid, cliche response to this film and salgado's work. As if we need to somehow escape from the totalizing capitalist system in order to make any valid critique of it, or should only engage people of our own class or identity in our art and work. As if a generous, insightful exploration of one artist's work by another is somehow uncritical because it doesn't gravitate to the particular sophomoric observation you couldn't escape when thinking about this.
Please let's not perpetuate the nonsense notion that a photojournalist is supposed to not only document problems but also fix them for us.
Apr 2 Xtoph commented on Seattle Restaurant Owner Behaving Badly.
This wouldn't be an issue if he changed his prices. But is it technically even legal to add a charge to the prices listed on the menu? I mean, he could easily add a sticker to the menus announcing a 2% price hike, but that doesn't seem to have happened. The only time I've ever been billed for something different than was printed on the menu, I didn't pay it. And just to be clear, as others have said, it's really douchy to go about it this way. That's the only real objection I have is his attitude. And frankly, it was hard enough for smaller restaurants to compete against his empire and his economies of scale so I don't feel very sorry for him.
Dec 2, 2014 Xtoph commented on The Ladies of London's Subcultures, c. 1980.
I dont think that Flickr link goes where you mean it to.
Sep 17, 2014 Xtoph commented on A Man Died Falling from This Homeless Encampment.
Legalizing encampments would be a significant, positive step. And the season change adds some urgency to the matter.
Jul 9, 2014 Xtoph commented on Governor Inslee Tries to Have It Both Ways On Protecting Washingtonians From Cancer, Pleases No One.
A "fillet" of salmon can easily weigh many kilograms, and will rarely be as tiny as 175 grams (that would be a juvenile fish). Your visualization aid needs aid.
Apr 26, 2014 Xtoph commented on King County Metro Boss: Defensive, Defeated, and Laying Out the Service Cuts.
@45: you're ridiculous.

I absolutely want my driver, conducting an articulated leviathan through city traffic, to be paid a decent wage--whether i am in the belly of the beast or one of the swarm of gnats driving alongside. Ditto for the mechanics who keep these things as safe as they can be.

It is far from easy to drive a bus safely and CONSISTENTLY day in, day out, year over year. This is not something just anyone can do.

And 60 or 100k simply is not that much money anymore. It is solidly middle class. Our experienced teachers, cops, bankers, cabinetmakers, and yes, bus drivers and mechanics SHOULD be making 80~120k. How else can they be expected to live here, let alone raise families here?

50k might have been a good salary in the 1970s. Times have changed. Open your eyes and look around you.
Apr 4, 2014 Xtoph commented on In Culture News: The Head on the Waterfront, Top Gun 2, and Kurt Cobain's Messy House.
John Henry dies in the end.
Whoops, spoiler...
Mar 24, 2014 Xtoph commented on News Anchor Tries to Stop Baseless Flight 370 Speculation, Is Treated Like Little Baby-Child.
This made me much more angry than i expected (given my low opinion of that sort of show in the first place).
It doesnt sound like she particularly needs our help, but it would be nice if she knew that there was broad support for how she handled his tantrum.
Mar 6, 2014 Xtoph commented on Seattle's Oscar The Grouch.
His name isn't oscar, and if you're going to report it as news, maybe you should bother to talk to the guy first.
 

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