Personal statement by the Canadian photographer Donald WEBER
"The invisible theme of these photographs is power. They show us the human limits of understanding power. There are many things we don't know about power. We don't know whether power is the same everywhere, whether its manifestation in one place and at one time is meaningful and measurable and subject to the same laws as in another." (© Donald WEBER, 'Confessions of an Invisible Man', in: Interrogations, p.158)
Background information, content"After a fact-finding trip to Chernobyl in 2005, Donald WEBER soon returned to the abandoned site of the nuclear disaster and spent the next six years in Russia and Ukraine photographing the ruins of the unstoppable storm we call history. The Canadian photographer traveled and lived with ordinary people who had survived much and survived all. He began to see the modern state as a primitive and bloody sacrificial rite of unnamed power. The photo book 'Interrogations' is the result of his personal search for the hidden meaning of the bloody 20th century.
In dialog with writer Larry Frolick, whose own ancestors were decimated in the final months of World War II, he addresses his questions urgently and provocatively to both the living survivors and the ghosts of the state's countless victims in order to revive their final hours, their perspective as well as their mode of evocative meditation on their private encounters with power. The cops, laborers, thugs, dissidents, and goons who inhabit these pages are all orphans of a secret history; the outlines of our collective destiny take shape in Weber's epic work, expanding our awareness of what it means to be an actor in today's dark opera." (© Donald WEBER)
Additional informationThe out-of-print volume 'Interrogations' by Donald WEBER was also included in the photo book compendium 'Photo book. A History, Volume 3' by Martin Parr & Gerry Badger.
- Book design
- Teun VAN DER HEIJDEN / Heijdens Karwei
- Slipcased pb., 18 x 24 x 1 cm., 176 pp., 90 color ills., 459 gr., text language: English