Over the weekend, a YouTube video breaking down income inequality in America went viral. As a reader of BillMoyers.com, you may have been aware that the disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent … Read the rest of this entry »
There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed. Journalist Chris Hedges calls these places “sacrifice zones,” and joins Bill this week on Moyers & Company to explore how areas like Camden, New Jersey; Immokalee, Florida; and parts of West Virginia suffer while the corporations that plundered them thrive.
“These are areas that have been destroyed for quarterly profit. We’re talking about environmentally destroyed, communities destroyed, human beings destroyed, families destroyed,” Hedges tells Bill. “It’s the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings… And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state.” Read the rest of this entry »
Tatiana Plotnikova, Christian Klinger and Oleg Videnin, Krasnodar, Russia, 2011. Photo by Sohei Yasui.
Photovisa is a ambitous fotofestival in Krasnodar, Russia, which was held the 4th time this year. By the shown photographers there were also some of my loved russian photographers like Oleg Videnin and also the unknown and mysterious russian photographer Georgy Kolosov. Georgy Kolosov is a very special class, because his photography is for foreigners a huge miracle. I never understand his work, which is always a good sign. In Krasnodar I had the possibiliy to view some of his photographs as orginal print. It was a touching pleasure.
The head of the festival is Irina Tchmyreva and a bunch of enthustiastic people organize this outstanding event. It is really a professional and hearty fotofestival. Dear reader, if you are interested to get in touch with russian photography, you should visit photovisa.
Photojournalists are yesterday’s heroes. True, there are still some big names out there, among them Gilles Peress and Sabastiao Salgado. But the significance of their work is unclear. Do they shape political or social opinion through their images? Or are they mostly regarded as imaginative artists who just happen to be drawn to tough, newsworthy subjects? Few photographers are any longer seen as providing definitive information about some national or international trouble spot, at least very few who are what used to be called professionals. The news magazines, which turned certain photojournalists into superstars, have been fading for decades, and the newspapers are in dire health. The proliferation of amateur photographs and videos on the internet has swamped whatever sense there was of photojournalists and their editors as gatekeepers, providing some judgment and oversight. The whole idea that photography has some particular purchase on the truth has been called into question in places high and low, from the writings of Susan Sontag to the rants on cable TV. Definitive is itself nearly a defunct concept. Read the rest of this entry »
An open toilet. A woman’s menstruation blood inside. Tweezers tug at a female chest hair. Red, painted lips close-up. Fingernail imprints on the palm of a hand. A small child with a running nose. The scars of a caesarean-section on a scarred stomach…concentrated intimacy.
Art must touch something. Spirit or heart or something. At best both.