Revisit: Christopher Anderson – Bolivia elections

Christopher Anderson / Magnum Photos - Bolivia elections slideshow

I just noticed some of the news coming out of Bolivia recently. A couple of days ago, Morales ordered the American ambassador to leave the country suspicious that the ambassador has been supporting rebel groups in outlying provinces of the country. The news brought to mind one of the first audio slideshows I remember watching online, “Capitolio” by Christopher Anderson at Magnum in Motion. I’m not sure that the work holds up as a slideshow (the jerky stop motion seems tacked on), and I remain skeptical about audio slideshows, in general, but the essay (without audio here) is strong. The pictures encompass the facts of the story (crowds, campaigns, violence, voting, etc.) without forgoing the lyricism and authorship that separates strong photojournalism from the ordinary bread-and-butter wire service reporting. We keenly feel the hope and fear and uncertainty and excitement that surrounds the election. The little hats make an appearance, of course, but without the sentimentality (I adore Depardon’s work, but it’s different…) that invades so many photographers’ visions of Bolivia.

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