Photographers: March 2007 Archives
Two James Nachtwey shows are reviewed in today's NY Times.
Beauty is a vexed matter in scenes of suffering, cruelty and death. The difference between exploitation and public service comes down to whether the subject of the image aids the ego of the photographer more than the other way around. The two are not mutually exclusive.
I recently commented on War Photographer, a documentary about Natchwey.
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Last Friday's Charlie Rose featured an interview with Taryn Simon on the occasion of her new book and show, "An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar", now on view at the Whitney.
Interview starts at the 11:41 mark.
It's funny how once you get a meme in your head, you start seeing it everywhere. Simon talks about he inspiration for her project "The Innocents", a photographic family album of sorts featuring exonerated death row prisoners in the environs of their supposed crimes. She talks about how the initial concept had to do with how mug shots, through repetitive viewings, can eventually supplant real memories in the minds of crime victims. More on the Innocents on Frontline.
An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar
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