by Jack Foran from The Public
Photojournalist Orin Langelle’s exhibit at his new ¡Buen Vivir! gallery at 148 Elmwood in Allentown takes on two enormous issues: world climate change—along with the criminality of its associated corporate denial and delay tactics—and the official media’s so-called “objectivity.”
Langelle says in an opening statement: “I eschew the concept of objectivity; photojournalism should present truth. Great journalists like John Reed and photojournalists like Robert Capa told the truth, and did not worry about being ‘objective.’ The trend toward ‘objective’ journalism…where the truth must be counterbalanced by untruth, has no place in a just society, especially when corporate propaganda already dominates so much of the media.”
Photo locales range from the Arctic to Africa, from Bonn to Bali. The subject matter is environmental devastation due to traditional energy sourcing and use policies and practices, and popular protests against the corporate and governmental power structures intent on continuing business as usual, environment be damned, populations be damned.