“Picturing the Drought” | Another Example of Why Photojournalism Matters

There is far more to the drought than lecturing people on how to water their lawns. That, while not unimportant, is shown to be relatively simplistic and barely a drop in the larger bucket.

Pro Publica has been doing excellent investigative reporting on the drought. The series is titled “Killing the Colorado” and is worth the time to read.

The history of policy failures and government inertia, bad farming incentives, misuse at institutional levels, and old methodology (some might say mythology) that has determined how the western United States mismanages water distribution is striking.

“Picturing the Drought” by Michael Friberg puts it all into visual perspective with his photography. It’s one thing to hear and read about it all, but it’s another thing entirely to see it. 

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