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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, March 22, 2003
    City life revisited
    Something I missed last night - the contrast between Davis's apocalyptic view of city futures, and Salgado's.Considering all he's seen in the poorest, most bombed-out cities of the world, Salgado's view of urban life is realistic, but positive. The difference is in perspective, for Salgado's is a view from the South whereas Davis sees with Western eyes.

    Salgado's photographs illumate his perception that the greatest growing cities are in Asia and the South, and demonstrate that while migration towards them causes many problems of overcrowding, infrastructure, etc, the new societies they host are marked by ingenuity, innovation, imaginative new ways to live urbanly. Taking David Dark's view of 'apocalyptic' (see blog March 12), Davis sees the boot stamping on the human face; Salgado hears that face speaking.

    Certainly some life in this city this morning, as the shoppers mill on Oxford Street and around the corner people are gathering for the noon protest start, and police lines have formed. I'm off out of this cyberhall in search of ingenuity, innovation, imagination - everyday apocalyptic - in this place.