Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Simon Norfolk Lecture & Book Signing @ LACMA

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Simon Norfolk will discuss his new book and sign copies at LACMA tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 8 at 7pm in the Brown Auditorium. Tickets are free and available the day of the event. Details here.

"British photographer Simon Norfolk will discuss his images of Afghanistan alongside those by 19th-century Irish photographer John Burke taken during the Anglo-Afghan war (1878-80). Norfolk finds modern parallels in his depictions of bomb-damaged buildings, local communities, internet cafes, soldiers and embassy workers, and draws comparisons across a century of British involvement in the region. A booksigning will immediately follow the talk."

Related question: How long is long enough to engage in such a dialog without it being thought of as mooching someone else's ideas or concept? I'd say that 130 years in this case is certainly long enough but what if less time has gone by? What if someone went shooting down the Mississippi tomorrow, taking their cue from Alec Soth? Is there such a thing as too soon? If so, how long should have passed for the new project to be interesting or independent enough? In the case of the La Brea Project, 35 years was enough for them. Would ten be? Five?

Be sure to check out the online feature of the book here.

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