Within its specific borders, the photograph has the capacity to witness both the obvious and the subtle ways in which we form foundations and build beliefs. The photographic narrativecomprised of single or multiple imagescan convey potent impressions about the world we live in. Whether documenting a specific community, contemplating an interpersonal relationship, or capturing the highlights of a political or historical drama as it unfolds, visual stories have been a central theme in photography since its inception.
A selection of photographs and video by the faculty at the International Center of Photography considers the diverse ways in which the photographic medium articulates ideas about people and place within the social landscape. These images have been selected from larger bodies of work; together, they acquire a new harmonic voice. Monologues become part of an exchange of individual perspectives that overlap and connecta testament to our universal struggle to understand the human spirit through the lens of a camera.
Curated by Karen Marshall
Claartje van Dijk, Karen Marshall, Alison Morley, Donna Ruskin, and Pauline Vermare
Kathryn Parker Almanas