The outcome of my days is always the same: an infinite desire for what one never gets, a void one cannot fill, an utter yearning to produce in all ways, to battle against time that drags us along, and the distractions that throw a veil over our soul.
Shane attacked Maggie, throwing her into chairs, pushing her up against the wall and choking her in front of her daughter, Memphis.
After I confirmed one of the housemates had called the police, I then continued to document the abuse — my instincts as a photojournalist began kicking in. If Maggie couldn’t leave, neither could I.
Eventually, the police arrived. I was fortunate that the responding officers were well educated on First Amendment laws and did not try to stop me from taking pictures. At first, Maggie did not want to cooperate with the officers who led Shane away in handcuffs, but soon after, she changed her mind and gave a statement about the incident. Shane pled guilty to a domestic violence felony and is currently in prison in Ohio.
The incident raised a number of ethical questions. I’ve been castigated by a number of anonymous internet commenters who have said that I should have somehow physically intervened between the two. Their criticism counters what actual law enforcement officers have told me — that physically intervening would have likely only made the situation worse, endangering me, and further endangering Maggie.
This is the first international “A Day Without News,” a day on which the international journalistic community mourns the loss of two colleagues in Syria a year ago today and brings attention to the dangers journalists face in war zones around the world. One of the goals of the campaign is to urge governments to better protect the journalists who inform us about our world.
The work of many brave photojournalists and artists was recently spotlighted in the landmark Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibition “War Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath.” The exhibition recently closed in Houston but will travel to Los Angeles, Washington, DC and to Brooklyn. The 600-page book that accompanies the exhibition is smart, intense, moving and scholarly.
Episode No. 53 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast featured the MFAH show, which included almost 500 objects, images by more than 280 photographers on six continents, all of it covering 165 years of war. Anne Wilkes Tucker, the show’s co-curator (along with MFAH’s Will Michaels and Natalie Zelt), was the guest.
Image: Anja Niedringhaus, A U.S. Marine of the 1st Division carries a GI Joe mascot as a good luck charm in his backpack as his unit pushes further into the western part of Fallujah, Iraq (detail), November 14, 2004.
Forest Cemeteries: Become a Tree
“Bios Urn is a funerary urn made from biodegradable materials: coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose. The interior contains a seed of a tree that can be replaced with another seed, bud or plant suitable to the chosen place. When the urn is planted the seed germinates and begins to grow.”
Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt they can’t afford the time to think. Tuition fee increases are a “disciplinary technique,” and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the “disciplinarian culture.” This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.
Noam Chomsky (via tusha)
I have never felt a quote so hard as this, right now.
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