DRAWING DAILY SUNDAY EDITION: FAMILY PHOTO by Steven Kraan
Extraordinary photos of young hitchhikers and freight train hoppers by Mike Brodie
Mike Brodie (tumblr | facebook) first began photographing in 2004 when he was given a Polaroid camera. Working under the moniker, The Polaroid Kidd, Brodie spent the next four years circumambulating the U.S. amassing an archive of photographs that would go on to make up one of the few, true collections of American travel photography. Having never undergone any formal training, he chose to remained untethered to the pressures and expectations of the art market.
I wonder why there wasn’t nearly enough empathy for the young woman who was raped, who was so inebriated that a group of young men took advantage of her, who has to live in a place where so many people have turned against her and openly support the “upstanding” young men who violated her. I wonder why when those young men were partying and having a good time, they didn’t have enough empathy for another human being to get her home safely, or leave her with friends or do any of the rational and reasonable choices they could have made before choosing rape. Then they didn’t have enough empathy to think they shouldn’t document their misdeeds and splay her victimization across the Internet. The horror only magnifies.
— Larissa MacFarquahar, Requiem for a Dream
“Israeli artist Ronit Bigal meticulously presents excerpts from sacred Biblical texts on the human body in her Body Scripture IIseries. Like Allan Teger’s Bodyscapes, Bigal gets in close to the contours of the human form, re-imagining the body as an abstract landscape. On the grooved, fleshy expanse, the artist systematically applies black Indian ink calligraphy in Hebrew that reveals passages of scripture.”