Award-winning photographer Alessio Mamo attracts fierce criticism over pictures staged to illustrate the issue of hunger

A series of photographs that attempt to dramatise the issue of hunger in India has prompted a furious debate, amid accusations the images are “unethical, “staged” and “poverty porn”.

The pictures – by award-winning Italian photographer Alessio Mamo – attracted fierce controversy on social media after they were posted on Sunday on the Instagram account of World Press Photo, home to one of the world’s leading news photography prizes.

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