April 28, 2008

Setting Up

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Meant to post this over the weekend, but by far the most interesting thing I read last week was Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris’ profile of Sabrina Harman, the ‘woman behind the camera at Abu Ghraib.’ The piece is obviously sympathetic to the low-level soldiers who were ultimately punished — while their supervisors escaped repercussions — but it still provides a window into how those grotesque pictures ever came about.

There’s also a good discussion on how the power of images as symbols is often detached from the literal content of the photograph.

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