"Nonstop imagery is our surround, but when it comes to remembering, the photograph has the deeper bite....
In an era of information overload, the photograph..is like a quotation, or a maxim or proverb."
(Susan Sontag: Regarding the Pain of Others 2003)

17 March, 2008

George Rodger

Babel@Bedlam examines iconic images in the best photo-journalistic tradition. What is it precisely that singles one particular image out from a single contact sheet or reel? Are we even able to analyse what it is that constitues the power or singularity of any individual image? Who are the photographers responsible for this extraordinary body of work?
Thanks to the excellent Frontline Club Blog, I was alerted to a wonderful piece by his widow, Jinx, about one of the first heroes of photo-journalism George Rodger (1908-1995). A founder member of Magnum, British-born George Rodger's images from Belsen materially helped to clarify post-war attitudes towards the extent and significance of Holocaust atrocities. Read, digest, reflect and give thanks for his courageous and unflinching vision...