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Alum Barbara Konecny captures the way tourism is changing a way of life

Photo by Barbara Konecny

Aspiring photojournalist Barbara Konecny (BA 2008 TRIN) has already travelled over most of the globe. She’s visited four countries in Central and South America, 16 European countries, and 10 on the African continent.

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Although she favors candid shots of people, she planned this shot from April 2009. Konecny had travelled to the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region in Ethiopia on a journalism assignment. About a year prior to her trip, tribal people had begun asking for money to pose for photos, realizing that they could capitalize on the curiosity of foreigners, who were beginning to explore the southern region in increasing numbers. “It was like watching a microcosm of globalization,” Konecny says.

Many Ethiopian tribes had always subsisted autonomously, but Konecny comments that new roads, foreigners’ curiosity, and even her own desire to write a story and take photos were conspiring to destroy their way of life.

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