When I was in Kenya last Spring, my guide took me to Kibera, at my request, but I did not take photos. I did take photos of Lusaka Kanyama Area when I was visiting with an NGO through which I sponsor kids. I am highly ambivalent about slum tourism. On the one hand, yes, it is a source of business (in which case, it should be more than £20 a pop and there should be direct contributions to projects) in areas that otherwise survive mostly on informal economy and illegal trafficking. On the other hand, poverty is not a spectacle and the people living in these quarters are trapped there by poverty.
And yes, if you’re European, it is impressive in a horrific kind of way. But let’s face it: we go spend 2 weeks in nice resorts, attended to by locals at our beck and call. And then, we spend a couple of hours in the slum for the authenticity. And we cough up a little money (a drop compared to the cost of a safari) to take care of the white guilt and pretend we made a difference.