October 26, 2013

Dina Goldstein - Fallen princesses

This well-known and successful series (shot between 2007 and 2009) by a Canadian-based Tel-Aviv-born (in 1969) photographer had to feature in this blog since it depicts with a strong sense of visual relevance the fake world the Disney-altered fairytales carry with their apparently innocent stories. Of course, feminists (and others, they are not the only ones to see sexism where it is) had denounced the underlying viral ideology of these scenaristic constructions with the "and they had full of children" ending sentence (in French "sentence" means a court judgement, more appropriate actually), but here it's a visual confrontation between these folkoric characters and the true situation they face presently. She went on with another series called In the dollhouse but I think it's much less interesting than this one. Maybe because in Europe we aren't assaulted by this silly imagery as North Americans are. If you want to know everything about this series (and look at the other pictures, that I didn't find in a good definition enough to include above) and notably the statement of the photographer, go here, for the photographer's site, there. Don't think it's necessary I put the name of each character under the picture. I added the last picture with the 2 children I find cute and charming. Hope they won't believe these shitty tales after then. And please, click on the pictures to see them full size or you'll miss much of their power.

October 20, 2013

Dorothea Lange - Migrant mothers and children

Since in France, it seems that more and more people think it's a crime to be poor and to try to find a better place to live, elsewhere, for example in France, this post from the great Dorothea Lange (the pictures were taken in 1936), showing with a moving sense of respect and dignity poor migrants during the Great Depression, and more specifically mothers with their children who would later make what America is today: the most culturally and ethnically diverse, innovative and creative place of the world. French would be better inspired, if they don't want their (and secondary mine) country to become an ancillary earth for tourists, to welcome the poor migrants, today Roms, as they welcomed decades ago Italians or Spanish, but unfortunately not Maghrebians. Not being able to welcome strangers is for sure a sign of a declining civilization. More than words, these pictures are a visual testimony that misery is the same throughout history and that only its status in the society is different. Its present status is rather revolting, even disgusting, at least in France.