Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - New York Times

Photographs are a partial record of who we were and how we imagined ourselves. They remind us that we have a past and that we are the sum of our past experiences. They reassert that unassailable fact. So writes Errol Morris in an opinion piece in the New York Times Jan 27

Errol Morris is a documentary filmmaker whose movie The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2004. He also directed Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control and A Brief History of Time, among other films. His new film, Standard Operating Procedure, will be released on DVD in the fall.

this is an interesting opinion piece on photography from three photo editors on photographs of President Bush that they believe captured the character of the man and of his administration. Some redbubblers may find the piece interesting for the way photography has been used to record specific moments and how images are used to elicit various messages to the community.

The photos are striking, both as records of specific moments and as iconic images of W’s presidency. Even more striking are the double messages–the message intended by the spectacle, the pose, the background, the pageantry and trappings of the occasion and of the office, and then the unintended messages of puzzlement, bewilderment, and incomprehension.

i found these fascinating and so thought some of you may too.


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