Paul Cho portfolio

In 2007 secondary school student Paul Cho made a photographic investigation into social problems associated with gambling. This image is one of the final images of his journey.

Initially, he photographed single compositions of money, cards, chips, and closeups of the gambler’s hands playing the game. As his body of work developed he began to layer the subject matter and create increasingly complex and assymmetrical compositions. In this image, a distressed painting of a figure is placed upside down next to an inverted face printed on money. A clenched fist frames the image on the left. In the foreground a stack of chips towers awkwardly over a pile of money.

Reading the Photograph - Guiding Questions

How does the photographer use symbolism to communicate the social problems caused by gambling in this photograph? Does he do this successfully? What other symbols might be used to address this social issue?

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