Gideon Mendel work engages with contemporary social issues of global concern.
Born in Johannesburg in 1959, he studied Psychology and African History at the University of Cape Town. He began photographing in the 1980s during the final years of apartheid. It was his work as a ‘struggle photographer’ at this time that first brought his work to global attention. In the early 1990s, he moved to London, from where he continued to respond to global social issues, notably his longitudinal project on the impact of HIV/AIDS. That photographic odyssey began in Africa and expanded to numerous other countries during the last twenty years.
The images and locations he shoots is very moving and clearly show a powerful message behind them. By shooting global concerns it helps bring awareness to everyone else around the world what those people are going through at that moment in time. It also shows the dangers of how flooding and other issues can harm and ruin there homes.
The images he creates look simple in the way that he has edited to them,however by having/knowing the story and the message behind the photograph it doesn’t need to have a lot done to it. Also I feel that if he edited them a lot it wouldn’t show the real issue that has happened as you are not seeing the original photo he had shot. Photographing the issues also help people who don’t watch the news have a visual understanding what is going on in and around the world.