Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Most Important Photograph

I was diagnosed with scoliosis in second grade. The most important photograph of my life is the first image of my crooked spine. Scoliosis, though a fairly minor disease, has had a large impact on my life, from wearing a back brace for ten years to the looming prospect of major surgery. This photograph gave me deeper understanding of my self, and has since become a deeply ingrained part of my identity. The photo has also connected me with people; the similar images make the experience shared, communal, and collective.
Photography provides new ways of seeing things. Usually it involves framing: choosing what to include and what not to. It often involves depth and perspective. In this case, however, the photograph shows deeper truths, in a very literal sense.

(Note: this is not the actual image, rather a similar image of scoliosis)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

10 Photographers

Ellen Von Unwerth

Michael Kenna

Roger Fenton

Wolfgang Tillmans

Dana Hoey

Anna Gaskell

Chris Marker

Carrie Mae Weems

Mark Klett

Robert Frank