During this lesson we learnt about the use of multimedia and immersive photojournalism.
Walter Astrada puts people from disenfranchised communities at the heart of his images and shows a human aspect that you maybe wouldn’t see in mainstream journalism.
His work showing the plight of women and baby girls in India at a time when sons were the required child is extremely powerful and clearly shows that, in the not too distant past, awful predjudice still existed in developed/developing countries in a way few would have realised.
We were shown a short documentary about his work on this subject and I noted that, aside from people involved being interviewed, the images he took told us everything we needed to know because of the power of them.
Looking at his work called Undesired missing women of India you get a genuine sense of the desperate situations these women found themselves in just by looking at the pictures he has taken of both them and of the men who were treated almost like royalty compared to the women.
Astrada has obviously immersed himself in that culture and gained the trust of the women who’s story he is telling, and brought it to vivid life with the human aspect being very much the centre of the story.