When Every Day is Memorial Day
Andrew Lichtenstein, Photographer
New York Times Lens Blog
Andrew Lichtenstein: Never Coming Home
The New York Times published a series of photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein over the Memorial Day weekend. They called the entry on the Lens Blog When Every Day is Memorial Day. Andrew refers to the series on his website as Never Coming Home.
Whatever you want to call it, the photographs of stateside military funerals are a stark reminder of what the Memorial Day Holiday is all about — and part of the purpose of those pictures was to highlight the disconnect often associated with such holidays: sales banner festooned new car lots, crowded beaches and in general, a working populace just looking for a little deserved time off.
It’s one of those odd paradoxes that comes with being a world dominating super power.
We’ve been processing film for Andrew for years and years. You can see the New York Times entry here and learn more about his work here.
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Embracing Ambiguity in Israel
Frédéric Brenner, photographer
The New York Times Lens Blog
April 9, 2014
Frédéric Brenner: Netiv HaAsara, 2010
The New York Times featured a series of photographs by Frédéric Brenner titled Embracing Ambiguity in Israel on The Lens Blog. Brenner refers to this series on his website as an Archeology of Fear and Desire , which, is connected to a much larger project that he initiated called This Place.
All of this work was born of Brenner’s relentless pursuit of his own identity (and seemingly all Jews on a certain level). For more than twenty years he has traced the Jewish Diaspora around the world to over 40 countries, a trek that ultimately lead him to Israel — both literally and conceptually — in an effort to define Jewish identity in the modern world.
This Place attempts to tackle this gargantuan task by unleashing a team of twelve photographers into Israel to compile a visual survey that digs deeper than the surface depictions popularized in the international news media.
From The Place website:
From the outset, Brenner acknowledged to himself that no single vantage point – including his own – could speak of the complexity of this historic and contested place and its shaping of contemporary lives; to begin to comprehend the radical dissonance of this place would require a multiplicity of practices and perspectives.
See the New York Time Lens Blog entry here
See more about Frédéric Brenner here
Go to This Place here
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