“Iraqi Child in Acclaimed War Photo Tries to Move On”

Face That Screamed War’s Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later

via Iraqi Child in Acclaimed War Photo Tries to Move On – NYTimes.com.

I am surprised that this photograph was shielded from her for 6 years. The story is cruel. It appears that she was shown the photograph for the time in in front of a camera (and hence strangers). And her story is not a happy one, and I can’t help but wonder how this article and attention will not re-inflict the pain. Will this help her “move on?’

Tim Hetherington

If you are interested in mass communication, then you have to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer. We live in a post-photographic world. If you are interested in photography, then you are interested in something — in terms of mass communication — that is past. I am interested in reaching as many people as possible.Tim Hetherington
{thanks to Deb Willis for sending me this quote}

Tim Hetherington – a retrospective in pictures
An appreciation of Tim by Xan Brooks

Parting Glance: Tim Hetherington

Human Rights Watch Tribute to Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington > Vimeo

Memories at Risk

Found this while looking through lots of files to find hi-res files for Picturing Atrocity book. I am not as organized as I thought I was. Found all sorts of things on my laptop – Ruby 7 – I am  now on Ruby 12 in my studio. Another project – go through my photos.

Duane Michaels

I brought my class to listen to Duane Michaels in Shelley Rice’s class. I took a workshop with him in 1976 in Arles. I remember him being the bright light in the workshop in the way he was not afraid to say anything and he is doing that now. Talking about art as part of life and what things feel like – passion.

Some great things he is saying

• You have to do things that come into your head.
• I like surprises, wit, imagination
• The Art World and the World of Art are not the same.
• If I have idea on Monday, I have it done by Friday.
• To make it great, you have to make mistakes
• Photographs become more interesting when you annotate them. It is bullshit that you can ‘capture’ something. what we know about is ourselves – our anger, etc. We are afraid to show them.
• ‘Things are Queer’ – don’t tell me what I know.

Heartbreaking photos

It’s the bird and fish photos that make me want to burst into tears. From BBC today.
Can’t even think of the right tags for the photos. I find myself looking away from these photographs. I am posting to make me look. I can look at the other devastation, have the same horror, but not the same visceral reaction.