Judith Joy Ross: Living with War

This collection of quiet, intense black and white portraits contains three groups of photographs of American citizens in relation to U.S war missions during the past 30 years The most recent pictures present people who demonstrated in 2006 or 2007 against American involvement in the current Iraq war They are accompanied by shots, made than 15 years earlier, of soldThis collection of quiet, intense black and white portraits contains three groups of photographs of American citizens in relation to U.S war missions during the past 30 years The most recent pictures present people who demonstrated in 2006 or 2007 against American involvement in the current Iraq war They are accompanied by shots, made than 15 years earlier, of soldiers who were just about to leave for their initial deployment in the first Gulf War The third series, spanning from 1983 to 1984, was made at the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C It presents individual portraits of visitors paying tribute to the victims of war in Southeast Asia None of the close up shots gathered here conveys allegiance to any particular political orientation Each simply expresses the irreplaceability of the individual and the importance of honoring his or her memory as the most basic form of humanity In his catalogue essay, Heinz Liesbrock writes, Her black and white photographs concentrate entirely on the human physiognomy in order to reveal the subjects inner reality The pictures dispense with all topical attributes which would make it possible to read an external context, such as profession, social position or any kind of concrete contextual intention, into them We are therefore in a certain sense left alone with these pictures.
Judith Joy Ross Living with War This collection of quiet intense black and white portraits contains three groups of photographs of American citizens in relation to U S war missions during the past years The most recent pictures

  • Title: Judith Joy Ross: Living with War
  • Author: Heinz Liesbrock Judith Ross
  • ISBN: 9783865217172
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I'm not generally drawn to portrait photography, but many of these are extraordinary. They're grouped into series: (1) people visiting the Vietnam Memorial; (2) Army Reservists about to head to the Iraq war; (3) protestors against the war. While circumstance lends some of these images their power, there's also a classic quality reminiscent of Sanders and Atget. Judith Joy Ross is clearly a master.

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