Image: Santa Monica 4. Photo courtesy of BarTur Photobook Award Winner: Angus Fraser
UNITY IN DIVERSITY
Diversity is our strength
"Whether we like it or not, we have all been born into this world as part of one great human family. Rich or poor, educated or uneducated, belonging to one nation or another, to one religion or another, adhering to this ideology or other, ultimately each of us is just a human being like everyone else. We all have the same desires, hope and dreams."
Dalai Lama, Message on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Diversity is the DNA of art and culture. Many of the great works of civilisation display a dazzling diversity of subjects and styles within their artistic unity.
Without the contributions of people unfamiliar to us, the meals we enjoy the most would be a lot less enjoyable. Without the tomatoes brought home to Italy from the “New World,” Italians would be hard-pressed to make lasagna. Without the spinach introduced to Italy by Arabs, even a vegetarian lasagna would be a disappointment.
Similarly, the field of photography was created and expanded by artists from all over the world: the English portrait photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, the Vietnamese combat photographer Nick Ut, the street photographers, Daido Moriyama of Japan and Malick Sidibe of Mali. Little Luxembourg gave us Edward Steichen who showed the breadth of The Family of Man. New York City gave us Diane Arbus who reminded us that the family of man includes carnival performers, nudists, cross-dressers and marginalized people of all shapes and sizes.
To compete for the BarTur Photo Award, your work can be broad in scope or narrowly focused. It should encourage us to find unity in the variety of human experience.