Photographer of the Week: Jean Chiabaud
(Chiabaud took the photographs in Chris Marker’s La Jetée, a 1960s post-apocalyptic film composed entirely of Chiabaud’s still images, with voiceover. I’m dreaming of dystopic worlds almost exclusively this week, and because of it, La Jetée has been on my mind. It’s worth watching in three parts on YouTube, but my favorite of Marker’s is Sans Soleil, which you should watch on Netflix.
The films are meditations not only on images, but also on a deteriorating world. Such issues will seem especially poignant as protests—hopefully more effective and intelligent ones than Occupy Wall Street—will continue to sprout up around the United States. They won’t be big, so they’ll be mediated by images, which today make larger statements than the number of people participating in an event. There is unrest here in the United States, and it will be documented.
I’m not a supporter of OWS, but I’m a supporter of people beginning to ponder history, and our future as Americans. Changes need to be made so that we don’t lose our privileged way of life…or at least can prolong our bounties and freedoms for a bit longer.)