donderdag 19 april 2012

Real Fear Interrogation Donald Weber World Press Photo Photography

In English, the word ‘interrogation’ has no negative coloring. It has one in Russian though. Donald Weber who had traveled in the post-Soviet countries a lot caught the concept of this word by collecting photo reports about interrogations, and published a book called Interrogation. The author claims that the book is not about Russia or Ukraine. He says it is about primitivism and cruelty inherent in all modern countries in general, including those claiming themselves to be 100% democratic. Their citizens, according to Weber, are aware of their own powerlessness when faced the law. Their fear fades away only when the trial proceedings are over and they are found not guilty.

One of the photographs by Doland Weber became a prize-winner in the photographic competition World Press Photo 2012. (Donald Weber—VII). See for a review ...


photographer, Canada

Prior to taking up photography, Donald Weber trained as an architect, and worked at urban theorist Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He freelanced for the international press in places as diverse as Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, and South America, before involving himself in a personal project that focuses on how power deploys an all-encompassing theater for its subjects, in which he aims to record the collaboration of power with both masters and victims.
Weber’s recent major projects include The Underclass and Its Bosses: Crime & Punishment in Ukraine; The Drunken Bride, Russia Unveiled; Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, which won the Photolucida Book Award, and City of Cities, examining the future city of 2050. His first book, Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl was published in 2008.Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, will be published in 2012.
Weber’s work has appeared in numerous international publications including AmicaDer SpeigelThe GuardianNewsweekThe New York TimesThe New York Times Magazine,Rolling StoneSternTime, and The Walrus. He has worked with the NGOs Médecins sans Frontières, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and War Child. His photography projects have been exhibited at festivals and galleries worldwide, including at the United Nations, the Musée de l’Armée, Les Invalides, Paris, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Alice Austen House Museum in New York. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City.
Weber is the recipient of the Lange Taylor Documentary Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Chalmers Fellowship, and a previous World Press Photo award, amongst others. Further accolades include a Duke and Duchess of York Photography Prize, being listed inPDN’s 30, and named an Emerging Photo Pioneer by American Photo.

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