Arthur de Gobineau (1816-1882) is a controversial 19th century French man. Member of an aristocratic royalist family, he was a novelist, poet, diplomat and a social thinker. Yet, he is mostly known as being the father of the racist theory. In his Essay about the Inequalities of Races, he theorizes the purity of races.
According to Gobineau, all races are pure in their origins, but their miscegenation leads to their degeneration. The purest race would be the Aryan (descendant from the Indo-Europeans, which for him was the white race) but when it encountered the black and yellow races it degenerated. Unintentionally, Gobineau became a major source of inspiration for nazi thinkers and other racist theories.
Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, João Silva, four men who met an incredible, yet tragic destiny. This group of photographers became famous for their presence in South African townships in the end of the apartheid transition, hit by instability and violence.
The club moved to several other war zones, but lost members along the way. In 1994, Oosterbroek died, and Marinovich was severely injured. That same year, Kevin Carter committed suicide, after being internationally blamed for his photograph of a starving child and a vulture, in a refugee camp in Sudan. Silva, stepped on a landmine recently while reporting the Afghan war. He and Marinovich are the survivors of this story of great men, who through their talent, showed the world what it could not see.
“If you want your dreams to come true, do not sleep.”