16 November 2011

99 from the 99%: OWS Protraits

"I'm here because property is robbery" (Alexi).
Photograph © August Bradley.

Regular readers will know that my youngest son is named August. Well today I came across this post at Lens featuring the work of another August - August Bradley - who has done this impressive set of portraits of folks at OWS. Bradley's work carries on an emergent tradition of sorts - if two photographers, Joel Sternfeld and Marc Vallée, (with perhaps a nod to Dorothea Lange) can constitute a "tradition." All this work is a creatively appropriates portraiture, a genre that traditionally has been an instrument for the rationalization of elite power.

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