An exhibition continues at Truro’s Shelterbox HQ with a series of photographs as stunning as they are moving, writes Ewen MacDonald
Aphotography exhibition documenting drought, devastation and refugee camps isn’t likely to be on anybody’s itinerary for a fun day out. Having studied both the horrors of the Holocaust and the excruciating bloodbath that was the French Revolution, at university during my degree in history, you would imagine I would be inured to the pain and suffering routinely inflicted on this planet both by nature and human beings. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I have a weak constitution for the images of death and destruction.
I need not have worried visiting this exhibition as the images on display here show great compassion, empathy and dignity towards their subjects. None were in any way exploitative of the situation, a common accusation against western journalists and photographers. As the title suggests this exhibition is about bringing a resourcefulness and defiance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
With the exception of Dougie Wallace’s work which was presented as a slideshow on a screen, the other photographers work was mounted as a traditional set of prints and these were shots were taken by truly talented photographers. Tom Stoddart’s work is in black and white images, so classically taken and framed they could have come from any period in photojournalistic history.