The Dinka Brigade


From a series by photographer Pete Miller (remember him?) of Dinka cattle raiders in Southern Sudan on TIME magazine’s Lightbox blog. As Glenna Gordan comments on her blog, Scarlett Lion:

In addition to be technically superb photographs, what I really like about these images is the individuality and identity that each of the subjects has. And by viewing a series of portraits, I get a sense of a textured community of discrete individuals, rather than a sort of pre-historic and stereotypical horde of angry men with guns and cows. It’s difficult to make the same sort of sweeping statements all too common in media coverage when you as a viewer are offered the chance straight into the eyes of a young woman or check out a dude’s awesome aqua and pink shirt. These images aren’t of a “tribe,” but of specific people with specific personalities who make specific choices.

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Sean Jacobs

Also goes by Hasan Wazan. Life President.

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  1. Miller's own synopsis of his series of photographs makes no reference to the "individuality and identity that each of the subjects has". Indeed, like many who have come to photograph the natives before him, he is "deeply intrigued" by the premodern collective – "the pastoralist tribes of southern Sudan". The headline of his piece describes a "deeply violent" people, characterized by tribalism. Not one of those photographed is recorded as having a name, or to inhabit a particular place.

    Glenna Gordon is smoking crack. Miller does all he can to contextualize his subjects as a "horde of angry men with guns and cows".

    Read more: http://lightbox.time.com/2011/05/17/the-violent-c

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