03 January 2007

Simon Norfolk's "Military Landscapes"

I just noticed the new issue of Granta is on the theme "War Zones" and, in addition to contributions from a range of writers, includes work by photographer Simon Norfolk on "Military Landscapes." This brings me back to one of the first posts I wrote here: I think it imperative that we understand our landscapes as political and find Norfolk's work striking in his ability to do just that. I have not actually seen the issue, so don't know precisely which images it contains. But you can find Norfolk's work on his web site and in this current feature at lens culture. He describes his large photographic enterprise as "attempting to understand how war and the need to fight war, has formed our world: how so many of the spaces we occupy, the technologies we use, and the ways we understand ourselves, are created by military conflict."

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