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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Sarah Charlesworth or Leica?

The pictures above are from Sarah Charlesworth Modern History series. She died earlier this week; here is her obituary, with a snippet below explaining the above images.

 Ms. Charlesworth is perhaps best known for her “Modern History” series, which she made from 1977 to 1979 by producing photographs of the front pages of various newspapers, typically excising all the content except the nameplate and photographs. In some pieces she followed one newspaper for a number of days, showing how its contents changed over time. In others, she sampled numerous papers on the same day, looking at how different outlets selected and presented images for the day’s news. For one of her most iconic pieces from that series, April 21, 1978 (1978), she printed 45 newspaper covers that featured versions of a photograph of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro after being kidnapped by the Red Bridge.

Here's another view of history from Leica - a kind of love story between Robert Capa and his Leica III. Truly awful, the reason why people moan about the glamourisation of photography, war and the heroic photojournalist. 

1 comment:

Andrew Lamb said...

That Leica ad is tasteless beyond words.

The pedant in me can't resist pointing out that Capa preferred Contax cameras.