DAY 16 - Denise Marie Myers
Our 16th post goes to Denise Marie Myers. A tender and universal project about Women of WWII and their partners and lovers out at war. Take a read below to hear from Myers herself. We hope to see a lot more great projects like this in the future from Myers.
I wandered out
into the meadow
I buried my face
in the grass for
and wished the earth
‘All England Waits’ was made in response to love letters from WWII. Written by women, the letters were sent to husbands, boyfriends and fiancees serving overseas. The work, which combines contemporary landscape photography and archive material purchased on Ebay, articulates something of the experience of women in wartime, yet also speaks about the universality of love and the fear of loss.
2014 will see the 70th anniversary of D-Day and this work offers the audience an imaginative and metaphorical journey into the past, whilst encouraging them to consider how modern conflicts still affect those left behind. - Denise Marie Myers
Website to be launched in June: www.denisemyers.co.uk
Short film about Simon Norfolk’s Burke+Norfolk.
“But when I watched the short documentary film, I was struck by his words, and his willingness to put his politics where his photographers were. He spoke with surprising honesty not just about what he thought of the work being produced by embedded photographers, but also about the entire war and its objectives. This is very rare to hear when it comes to working photojournalists. Most professionals prefer to hide their personal politics and opinions behind vague statements about ‘bearing witness’ or ‘asking only questions, and not offering answers’ and other such obfuscations that hide their fear of being marginalized in the rather small, cliquish and deeply conservative editorial world that is photojournalism.”
- Asim Rafiqui writes about Norfolk and his project on in a post called “Against Whispering” on his blog A Spinning Head.
I guess people would rather talk endlessly about Photoshop pseudo-scandals in photojournalism (while ignoring the increasingly kitschy aesthetic that is so widely used) or about the supposed heroism of photojournalists themselves than about issues that actually should be covered. Good for Simon Norfolk that he is willing to be a lone wolf.
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