"The aim must be to construct a context for a photograph, to construct it with words, to construct it with other photographs, to construct it by its place in an ongoing text of photographs and images.”
Problematic in Pink
"Vogue’s choice to center Western photographer Richard Mosse and his imposing use of film technology to depict tragedy subsumes an imperial order we have seen for years in the media’s depiction of the Caribbean—othered people in foreign ruins punctuated by exotic color and abstraction..."
Documentary As a Contingent, Spatial Practice
"Since the inception of the medium, photography has oscillated between instrumental and pictorial approaches to taking pictures. The documentary form is shaped by these histories. Social scientists have used photographs within their research methods to point to phenomena that support their field work as evidence. Art photographers in the documentary tradition employ a more expressive approach to framing their subjects. As the field of visual anthropology grows, critiques have surfaced interrogating how photographs are constructed to formulate record, pointing to the positivist histories of ethnocentrism in representation. Discourse within the art community has been no less critical, as post-modernity renders the subjectivity of authorship conscious..."
Don’t Pity Puerto Rico. Instead, Listen.
"This September marks the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, one of the most intense natural disasters to hit the Caribbean in over a decade. Recent studies estimate that of the 3,057 people killed by last year’s storms, 2,975 of those lives lost were Puerto Rican. These numbers continue to grow as the failing infrastructure on the island claims more casualties. The media has tried to unravel the causes of these deaths and scrutinize the failed deliveries of humanitarian aid that never reached residents. Corruption has been revealed at every level. Still, few have questioned the policies that enable it…”