In the aftermath of 9/11 Joel Meyerowitz produced a powerful body of work that examined the clearup of the former Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Exhibited around the world and reproduced in a large format book published by Phaidon, it was a poignant examination of the work that went on at Ground Zero. Now, nearly ten years later, Time Magazine has commissioned Meyerowitz to go back and reexamine what’s changed and what will forever be the same:
It’s amazing what you find interesting when you are out with a camera:
There are a great many photographers that I admire as photographers, but for the most part it is simply the quality of their output that attracts me. Simon Norfolk is a rare exception, someone who admire not only for the quality of his images, but as much (if not more so) for the thought, reasoning, personal politics and agenda that they are embued with.
I came across this short film today about a new body of work that he has been creating in Afghanistan, that references the work of Eighteenth Century commercial photographer John Burke.
Simon has a very clear idea of what he feels about the events going on in various parts of the world, and whereas many photographers drop in to a place “report” and leave, his approach is to make a statement about his views. It is less the supposedly objective reporting that others may (often incorrectly) believe they are undertaking, and more the subjective response as reporting. As a younger photographer Norfolk was often considered quite militant in his pronouncements. With age and experience his methods have become more nuanced and precise, but he has lost none of his anger and desire to hold a mirror up to the follies of the west. Long may he continue in this vein.
Note: The soundtrack does not start until about 45 seconds into the film.