David Emery's Portraits of BrothelsJuxtapoz // Monday, 21 Jan 2013
When tackling a touchy topic through photography, especially a topic that has more than its share of imagery floating around, how do you do so tastefully? How do you create new images that produce a new and awakening perspective upon a difficult and disturbing subject with an already long-standing history?
When Ken Gonzales-Day tackled the topic of lynchings, he modified the postcard images that were in circulation at the time, eradicating the problematic voyeurism centered on the spectacle and turning our gaze to the people watching the spectacle. In addition, he photographed trees that once witnessed these atrocities. Both projects never deliver the violence explicitly, but the violence is incredibly present despite its literal absence.