The Political Image as Embodiment of Cyclical Failure

“The image itself is being hailed as an icon of the current struggle between the American police state and the tremors of their abhorrent measure to kill young black Americans, which is no doubt racially and economically motivated”.

‘Segregation Story’ by Gordon Parks Brings the Jim Crow South into Full Color View

Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 @ The Gordon Parks Foundation Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-shopping, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 @ The Gordon Parks Foundation Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 @ The Gordon Parks Foundation  Untitled. Mobile, Alabama, 1956 @ The Gordon Parks Foundation Untitled. Mobile, Alabama, 1956 @ The Gordon Parks Foundation At Segregated […]

Barbara Kruger Interview on Race, Stereotypes, Public Art and Interviews (1991)

  Barbara Kruger Untitled (Your body is a battleground) 1989 Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery New York “I hate to get to you on these words, but I wouldn’t call it an agenda-but I would say that I am interested in sort of, in not just displacing and questioning stereotypes.”   Barbara Kruger Interview, excerpt from […]

‘That Dark’, Melancholy and Death in the Works of Catherine Anyango

Mike Brown @ Catherine Anyango “One may say that the Negro in America does not really exist, except in the darkness of our minds.” James Baldwin – Notes from a Native Son   By Michael Salu, ASX, February 2015 It is THAT dark. You know, the dark that exists under your fingernails that you idly […]

Apartheid, White Society and Photography – David Goldblatt is Interviewed at Arles (2006)

Farmer’s Son with his Nursemaid. Marico Bushveld, December 1964, 1964 “During the years of apartheid, I was concerned with trying to…with exploring why people valued this peculiar and evil system and how they expressed those values in their homes, in themselves, in their bodies, in the things that they built.” Interview conducted by Laetitia Martinez, […]

America’s Race Riots of the Sixties

In the early 1960s, African Americans in cities nationwide were growing frustrated with the high level of poverty in their communities. Since the years immediately following World War II (1939–45), middle-class white Americans had been leaving the cities for nearby suburbs. Businesses that had once provided jobs and tax funding in the cities were leaving […]

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE: “The Voices of the White South” (1956)

  In the mid-1950s, LIFE magazine published a multi-part series that was titled “The Background of Segregation” exploring how the politically-violently-ethically charged issue was playing out from a Jim Crow South to the first fiery stirrings of the heroic Civil Rights movement. Today, here we sit, our cities crumbling – segregation (race, socio-economics, class, ideology) […]

Everything is Sacred – An Interview with Bruce Davidson (2006)

“For me, everything is sacred, whether I’m photographing a human being or a statue or the good earth. It’s sacred, I absorb it. I want to absorb it.”   Interview with Bruce Davidson, The Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU/Chicago), November, 2006 Q: You’re on the streets of Chicago, wandering into Pentecostal churches, how did that initial […]

David Goldblatt – Afrikaners Photographed and Revisited (1975-2006)

“The ideology and apparatus of apartheid and the overwhelming power of the state to crush opposition became ever more present in our lives.”   Some Afrikaners Photographed, 1975 – Some Afrikaners Revisited, 2006 By David Goldblatt, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2006 I was born and grew up in Randfontein, a gold-mining town 40 kilometres west of […]