09 September 2006

Larry Towell (2)


Hare is a sample of images I have found on-line from Larry Towell's work in Palestine/Israel. All images are © Larry Towell/Magnum Photos. Here he depicts Palestinian youth with rocks and slingshots and as well as shadows cast and absurdities created by the wall the Israelis are constructing in a futile hope of sealing themsleves off from danger. So, to pick up on the theme of the last post, why not a series on land and landlessness? Why not a series on borders and boundaries? Why not a series on resistance? These are "travel" photos only under pressure to remain insipid and uncontroversial. There are politics in these images and politics in the ways they are presented. Museum curators should resist the urge to sanitize.




You can find examples of Towell's previous work here. It is, by the way, no less political.

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