Thoughts on: The Dump by Peppe Arninge

June 9, 2012
Article first published as Book Review: The Dump by Peppe Arninge on Blogcritics.

About:
The Dump by Peppe Arninge is a photo book with a series of haunting images in black and white. The photos are taken around Cambodia’s garbage dumps and evoke powerful feelings.

  • 78 pages
  • Publisher: Publicera Publishing Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076I642W
Book Review: The Dump by Peppe Arninge
My rating for The Dump5
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Thoughts:
When I was contacted by Mr. Arminge to read The Dump it took me some time to agree. Photo books are not really my forte (a good argument could be made that no books are actually my forte…but we’ll leave that alone). After doing some research and reading Mr. Arninge’s resume and  portfolio, I decided to have a look.

The book shows some of the extraordinary photos Mr. Arninge took in Cambodia, it is an important historical document and a painful way to drive home a point. Seeing children digging through trash, fighting day by day other children, adults, rats, dogs and disease for a few scraps is heartbreaking.

I have been witness to several acts of evil us human beings are capable of over the years – but cruelty against children affects me a different a way. It is beyond my comprehension when adults are cruel to children, those acts sadden me when in fiction and horrify me when in reality.

The feeling of despair, hopelessness, extreme poverty and most of all – humiliation screams across the pages. It is sad to look at children’s eyes and know that statistically they won’t make it past their teens.

Along with the notable images, Mr. Arninge includes some text which calls for reflection – not much text but together with the images one could feel the emotions swell.

So tell me, do you think kids scavenging in dumps is a Cambodian issue or an international human rights issue?

Zohar – Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.

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4 Comments

  • Jonathan June 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Very moving. It’s always amazing to me how many people scrape out a living on garbage in some od these poor countries. I know that after becoming a parent, these things affect me even more now. Children are sacred, and knowing that there are children out there that are subjected to such horror makes my heart break.

  • SarahRTW June 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Its terrible and sad the conditions that people live in; even worse when its children. I’m glad you gave this book a chance. It seems like a powerful testament to the extreme poverty where some children live.

  • Ryan June 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Sounds like a powerful book full of images I think most of us whould shy away from. Sadly I think this is an issue that can be found in too many countries to count and short of taking control of the governments in those countries I’m not sure what more can be done about it. I think the private work that Aid groups do is important and I’m all for it, I’m not sure what can be done on an international governmental scale. Not saying it shouldn’t be tried, just not sure how effective it would be to solve the underlying problems.

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