Afterimage

A bimonthly magazine devoted to media art and cultural criticism for the photography, film, video and visual book community. Publishes feature articles of investigative reporting or scholarly research, interviews, essays, reviews of media arts publication

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 6, May-June

Against Photography: Susan Sontag and the Violent Image
In a December 2002 New Yorker essay entitled "Looking at War," recently published in revised form as the book Regarding the Pain of Others, American social critic Susan Sontag begins by recalling Virginia Woolf's 1938 anti-war polemic Three Guineas....
Alexandra Boulat -- VII
How did you come to photograph in conflict situations? What is your background? What were your intentions when you started photography? How have they evolved? I have studied art, painting, and art history in Paris, and I was a painter for 10 years,...
Anthony Suau on War
I am not a war photographer. I have photographed war because it is an inherent and a highly unfortunate part of human life. What situations have you photographed so far? Check my web-site: www.anthonysuau.com or anthonysuau.com/clients Who...
Books Received
Absence and Light: Meditations from the Klamath Marshes, by John R. Campbell. University of Nevada Press/ 142pp./$21.95 (sb). Anne Arden McDonald: Installations and Self Portraits, by Anne Arden McDonald. Autonomy and Alchemy Press/100pp./$60.00...
Chris Steele-Perkins: From Survival Programmes to Magnum
Chris Steele-Perkins was born in Rangoon, Burma, in 1947. His father took him back to Britain where he did most of his schooling. After graduating in psychology and while he was lecturing, he started free-lancing in photography. Joining the Exit group...
Editorial
This issue is not meant to be a pessimistic note about human nature, it is dedicated to Photography and War, a topic that, unfortunately, never goes out of fashion. In 1973 Donald McCullin asked the question Is Anyone Taking Any Notice? in a book published...
Finding Refuge: Fazal Sheikh's Three Projects
Fazal Sheikh presents himself as a contemporary photographer seeking personal and global answers through bringing awareness to various Middle Eastern stories. Sheikh has become the ultimate humanitarian artist. With his compassionate images, he encourages...
Lager Nordhausen: A Soldier's Point of View
April 12, 1945, the day that Roosevelt died, was the day when these images were made, not by a "war photographer", but by an regular American soldier, not assigned to photograph the carnage, but assigned instead to deal with it, to clean it up, to...
Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky's mid-career retrospective, Manufactured Landscapes, closed April 4, 2004 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto after four months of winter reverie. The exhibit showcased 60 large-format photographs, proving Burtynsky an established...
Notes from the Field
aThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Museum in Rridgeport, CT will celebrate its Grand Reopening June 13, following a $9 milion renovation and expansion program. Designed by Tappe associates of Boston, the 25,000 square feet of new and redesigned...
On Ethics and Censorship
My ethic is to tell the truth, to be journalistically sharp and, once on the field, not to go for the obvious only but also to point out subjects and stories that are not being told too often. I believe that often, there are two sides to a story, and...
On James Natchwey and VII; from Inferno to War: A Few Considerations on James Natchwey, VII, and War Photography
"Even in the age of television, still photography maintains a unique ability to grasp a moment out of the chaos of history and to preserve it and hold it up to the light. It puts a human face on events that might otherwise become clouded in political...
Paul Shambroom: Face to Face with the Bomb
Face-To-Face With the Bomb: Nuclear Reality After the Cold War, Photographs by Paul Shambroom. Introduction by Richard Rhodes. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. The following dialogue is a distillation of conversations between Paul...
SPE Conference 2004; Photography and Place: Home/neighborhood/nation/world.newport (RI), March 25-28, 2004
Place is space with character. This year for the 41st annual conference of the Society for Photographic Education, place meant Newport, Rhode Island, founded in 1639. Photography and Place, is a typical theme for a restricted as well as dominant genre...
Unconscionable or Communicable: The Transference of Holocaust Photography in Cyber Space
Holocaust on Your Plate, a campaign launched in 2003 by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is a controversial example of the exploitation of significant historical images. PETA's use of concentration camp photographs to mirror the...
War in Iraq: The Coordinates of a Conflict; an Exhibition of Photographs by VII. A Second Opinion
The War in Iraq: Coordinates of Conflict, Photographs by VII, March 12 thru May 30, 2004. Marianne Fulton writes of photographer Carl Mangly famed photo, a Korean woman carrying her baby and worldly goods flees the fighting around Seoul in the winter...
War in Iraq: The Coordinates of Conflict; Photographs by VII
____International Center of Photography 1133 Avenue of the Americas--New York, NY 10036 Ph 212.857,0000 March 12-May 30, 2004 Photographs convey multiple layers of information through the recorded trace of one fleeting moment that can appear...
War Issue Bibliography
Abbas. La revolution confisquee. paris: Clerat, 1980. Associated Press. Memories of World War II. New York: H.N. Abrams, 2004. Bachner, Evan. At Ease: Navy Men of World War II. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004. Boomhower, Ray E. One Shot:...