Yes, I believe it was. I think why I find it disturbing is that it evokes unexpected emotions in me - pleasure that he has met with some revenge, and that the people who attacked him were able to survive and express it - and yet I am not a violent person and the wounds, and particularly his expression, are quite shocking also. Ultimately, I think, he was lucky to be alive. We don't know quite what he was responsible for, we can only assume. I think the challenge of the photo is it asks the question whether or not we have any sympathy for him on any level, when normally when we see someone in this condition, we would of course. There's a lot more of her war-time documentary that is equally powerful, perhaps a little less charged.
Originally Posted by John Bragg
The tent I just love - layers of meaning, and feeling but expressed so simply. Worlds within worlds, interior and exterior space ....I don't know a lot about surrealism but the dreamlike effect (and use of the mirror) I think is important to it, but for me the image works very much regardless. Sorry this isn't a very good repro by the way, if you see a print in a book there's a lot of fine detail which makes it - the fragile cloth, the sand, the heat - you can see and feel it all.
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