Clueless Fashion Photographer Reenacts Syrian Refugee Crisis in Shoot
Hungarian high fashion photographer Norbert Baksa is either the world's most clueless boob or the world's most brilliant troll. A recent spread of his, "Der Migrant," has caused a storm of outrage over its use of the devastating refugee crisis to sell high-end fashion. One of the pictures has a headscarfed woman near a barbwire fence posing for a selfie, others show "Islamic" looking women confronting riot police.
Mr. Baska went to his web page to defend himself from criticism and, given the earnest tone, it appears he may actually just be the world's most obtuse man - rather than someone just seeking publicity. According to The Telegraph:
In a note posted on his website, he wrote: "I do not understand how people can take a clear stand (pro or con) while we are flooded with contradictory information through the media, so no one has extensive knowledge of the situation as a whole.
"This is exactly what we wanted to picture: you see a suffering woman, who is also beautiful and despite her situation, has some high quality pieces of outfit and a smartphone.”
The outrage online was swift and fierce. "Some dude has actually done a fashion photoshoot on the theme of migrants," wrote one commentator according to The Telegraph, calling it "art gone berserk". Another said: "This is not a parody, just sick".
According to Amnesty International, there are currently over 4 million refugees who have escaped conflict in Libya, Syria, Iraq and other countries with thousands who have died trying to make the journey to Europe.
h/t The Telegraph