A Photographer Took A Bunch Of Photos With Fake Food In Areas Of Extreme Poverty And People Are Angry

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The photo series has been called “tasteless and crass.”

Last updated on July 24, 2018, at 8:01 a.m. ET

Posted on July 24, 2018, at 6:29 a.m. ET

The photos were a “conceptual project about the hunger issue in India,” Mamo explained in a caption on the post.

“I brought with me a table and some fake food, and I told people to dream about some food that they would like to find on their table.”

Mamo wrote that “the idea of this project was born after reading the statistics of how much food is thrown away in the West, especially during Christmas time.”

The WWP told BuzzFeed News that it was a “platform for photographers, rather than the commissioning publisher” and directed further inquiries to its statement on Medium.

The WPP said Mamo was selected to take over the account after winning second place for his photograph of 11-year-old Manal, a victim of a landmine in Iraq.

The statement went on to say that the organization gives “guidelines” to photographers taking over the Instagram account — as Mamo had done between July 16 and July 22.

“The photographers are responsible for selecting their work to show and writing their captions,” the statement said. “Above all else, we ask photographers to be transparent about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.”

It continued that none of the other photographs featured on the account (aside from Manal) had been recognized by the WPP. It added: “Being a platform we do not limit photographer’s choices beyond the guidelines provided, and we ask the photographers to respond directly to the audience when questions arise.”

In another reply he explained his “conceptual project” was intended to criticize Western food waste. He said that his intention had been to represent, “in a stereotyped way,” the Indian landscapes to reinforce the concept.

“This was the idea behind [it], maybe I did it wrong, or maybe just you don’t like or you think it’s unethical,” he wrote. “I always try in my photojournalistic projects and approach to break stereotypes and be careful of not misrepresent[ing] the society I am with, [and by] trying to engage with the people.”

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