What was photography before film and photographic paper? Before shutters and adjustable apertures? The pioneers of the medium had to experiment and invent. They had to build their own precision equipment and mix reactive chemicals. This series explores the intrepid personalities who toiled in the dark to bring the nascent art of photography to light.
Contemporary artists from around the world draw on their personal experiences to illuminate the landscapes of war, terrorism, and political upheaval.
Highlights include Jananne Al-Ani's haunting aerial photos of Iraqi archaeological sites visible only from the air and at sunset/sunrise, Susan Meiselas' opinions on the duty of photographers to bring empathy to conflict, Hans Haacke breaking down the "holy" boundary between art and politics, and Kikuji Kawada's sublime images that straddle the border of abstraction, taken in Hiroshima shortly after the nuclear bombing.