Conversation Portrait | Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris | LIVE from the NYPL





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A LIVE from the NYPL Conversation Portrait by artist-in-residence Flash Rosenberg, edited by Sarah Lohman: "Standard Operating Proceedure," Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris, May 13, 2008.

When the infamous photographs from Abu Ghraib prison were first made public in 2004, they seemed to constitute an awesome exposé of the profound corruption in the US response to September 11th. The sanction of torture, and the decriminalization of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners in wartime, have become defining legacies of the current Administration, and have given us the defining images of the USA's changing standing in the eyes of the world. Still, it didn't take long for the soldiers who were responsible for the Abu Ghraib photographs to be singled out as depraved rogues, when in fact they were implementing Americas de facto policy in Iraq. Just as criminality had become the norm, the exposé now became the cover-up.

Now, two of our keenest moral and political observers, author Philip Gourevitch and filmmaker Errol Morris, have taken on the story of the soldiers who took and appeared in the photographs—and they have produced a war story that explores the horror at the core of a campaign to fight terror with terror. In their book, Standard Operating Procedure, Gourevitch and Morris expand on the investigation Morris conducted for his film of the same title, to tell the story of Abu Ghraib from the inside out, and the bottom up.

~ Conversation Portrait by Flash Rosenberg ~
~ ideas drawn as they are discussed in real time ~

Live-drawing and direction: Flash Rosenberg
Video editor: Sarah Lohman


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