Unequal Scenes: an interview with (inequality) photographer Johnny Miller

In this episode of the podcast Unequal Worlds, we had a chat with the man behind many of the stunning images depicting inequality that we use here on our site – renowned photographer Johnny Miller.

Unequal Worlds #5

In this episode of the podcast Unequal Worlds, we had a chat with the man behind many of the stunning images depicting inequality that we use here on our site – renowned photographer Johnny Miller.

Brazil: Paraisopolis, São Paulo. Photo by Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller is a photographer and multimedia storyteller based in South Africa and the USA. He is interested in exploring social justice issues from the ground and from the air, and his photographic project Unequal Scenes has garnered widespread praise and been featured in many of the world’s top publications. He is also the photographer behind many of the images we use in our material. You might have seen the image on our home page or the front page of our annual report and been struck by the power of these photos.

“People in the global north have a responsibility to be talking about inequality in a way that people in the global south don’t (…) the onus is on us to figure out how to redistribute the wealth that we’ve essentially stolen. I believe that it is incredibly important that we have this conversation” . 

Few capture the contrast of inequality, and the way it in some places is literally part of the infrastructure, as well as Johnny Miller and his Unequal Scenes project. Photographs taken by drones clearly show us the borders between the wealthy and the poor – borders that, even though we know they are there, are not always immediately visible from the ground.

 

 

Mentioned in this episode:
  • GRIP’s project Imaging Inequality and an open call for visual artist.  The project aims to explore various dimensions of inequality by engaging with visual artists to reflect and illustrate different perceptions, representations, and visualizations of inequality in specific contexts. GRIP warmly invites visual artists from across the world to submit their proposals!
  • The NPO africanDRONEafricanDrone believes that drones — on land, in the air, and under the sea — give citizens powerful new ways to better understand their world and to improve public accountability. africanDRONE seeks to empower local pilots through a self-help network that offers seed funding, skills development, resource sharing, advocacy, and networking opportunities for members.
  • Miller’s project Unequal Scenes. Unequal Scenes uses a drone to illustrate the inscribed history of our world in a new way. The scars within our urban fabric, so apparent from above, can provoke a sense of surprise…But also reveal our complicity in systematic disenfranchisement.
Kya Sands and Bloubosrand, Johannesburg. Photo by Johnny Miller