Art installation "Alice" by Spanish artist Cristina Lucas is
displayed in the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art in the Andalusian capital
of Seville, southern Spain on April 10. (REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo)
a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the presidential plane crash in
Smolensk, in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw, April 10. Poland's opposition leader laid flowers Wednesday in honour of his twin and
ex-president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a jet crash in Russia three years ago
that one third of Poles believe was an assassination. (WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian woman
enters a partially destroyed building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on
April 9. The UN is hiking its estimates of people trapped in Syria after
fleeing their homes, saying some four million are now displaced inside the
country and in dire need of international help. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
“(Plastic surgery) is the opposite
of mortality. It is the denial of death,” says Phil Toledano.
The London-born, New York City-based photographer explores the
world’s fascination with going under the knife in his series, “A new kind of
Toledano, whose work has appeared in
The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and GQ, says what it means to look
human will eventually change as more and more technologies and procedures to
alter oneself will become readily available.
Greater and more severe enhancements
in plastic surgery -- as seen in his photo series -- will become the new norm.
People who opt for extreme plastic surgery procedures will be seen as normal,
functioning individuals and not deemed freaks.
Change is already underway, he says.
While decades ago, people with
piercings and tattoos were seen on the fringes of society; nowadays it seems
everyone and their cousin has a piercing or tattoo. Piercings and tattoos are
accepted -- and people display them proudly.
“These kinds of people that I’m
shooting are utterly the vanguard of that evolution,” Toledano told me last
look he wanted to go with for his series is somewhat based on Northern
Renaissance artist Hans Holbein the Younger's paintings. The German painter is
famous for his portraits of Henry VIII's court.
thought it would be interesting to take that style and overlay it over this new
kind of beauty I see evolving in our own contemporary
Toledano's subjects wear little
makeup and clothes.
didn’t want to take a sexy picture. I wanted to make a beautiful, dignified
photograph of that person," he says.
A wounded English aviator is taken prisoner by German soldiers during World War I in this picture taken by an unknown photographer. Photo reproduction from the Black Star Collection.
Are you off to the movies this weekend, or taking in a film at home? Is it a zombie flick filled with mock-mouldy human flesh, or a blow-‘em-away epic with bloody shoot-outs and special FX car crashes?
The aptly described top-grossing movies of the past year, unsurprisingly, include the latest vampire Twilight Saga installment (“domestic violence in disguise"), and superhero slugfest The Avengers. It’s all rated as entertainment, and shocks no one over the age of five. Vicious videogames fill in the blanks when the last movie frame fades.
Many, however, shrink from the unglamorous violence of the real world. Exhibitions of photos and videos of deadly actual events – bloody repression, slaughter and genocide – make few dents in the box offices of North America.
But these are happening every day, in every country. On the ground. Now. And in the not-so-distant past.
For those who are ready to come to grips with political struggle, racism, human suffering and the ethics of photographing and depicting those images, Ryerson University has an exhibition for you.
Human Rights Human Wrongs is on all weekend at the Ryerson Image Centre from noon to 5 p.m., and until April 14 (except Monday). It features 300 original prints from the famed Black Star Collection. They encourage viewers to meditate on the humanity and inhumanity of living through, and covering, events most can only imagine.
And, yes, there’s a warning: “contains photographs that may be disturbing to viewers due to the graphic or violent nature of the subject matter.”
Just like life.
Olivia Ward has covered conflicts, politics and human rights from the former Soviet Union to Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. She has collaborated on two Emmy-winning films based on her work, as well as Devil’s Bargain, on the international arms trade, with filmmaker Shelley Saywell.
A soldier rescues an elderly woman off a flooded street in La Plata, 63 kilometres southeast of
Buenos Aires on April 3. At least 55 people have died following the heavy rains and flooding in Argentina. (DANIEL
People affected by the flooding line up to get help from the Red
Cross in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires
province on April 4. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
An aerial view of the
flooded streets of La Plata. (REUTERS/Infobae.com)
A photo released by Noticias Argentinas shows men wading through the flooded
streets of La Plata on April 3. (AFP PHOTO/NA/AG.LAPLATA)
A man tries to move a car amid a flooded street in Buenos Aires on April 2. (REUTERS/Enrique
When Lance Cpl. Chuck Sketch lost his sight and both his
legs to cancer, he refused to let that get him down. Sketch, from Phoenix, Arizona, is now competing against other wounded warriors in the 2012 Marine Corps Trials. This photo placed first in the Portrait category in the 2012 Military Photographer of the Year photo competition. (Sgt.
Polish and U.S. Air Force honour guards march during the Aviation Detachment Ceremony, Lask Air Base, Lask, Poland, Nov. 9, 2012. This photo placed honourable mention in the News category in the 2012 Military
Photographer of the Year photo competition. (Tech Sgt. Araceli
A competitor stresses during CrossFit Integrity, the
Integrity's Revenge Battle of Charleston CrossFit games Oct. 6, 2012 in
Charleston, South Carolina. This photo placed honourable mention in the Portrait category in
the 2012 Military Photographer of the Year photo competition. (SrA James
A photo illustration created to raise domestic violence
awareness for USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) Coalition of Sailors Against
Destructive Decisions. This photo placed second in the Illustration category in the
2012 Military Photographer of the Year competition. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd
Class Sean Hurt/U.S. Navy/MCT)
An Afghan National Army soldier poses with a poppy near the
village of Karizonah, Khost province. This photo placed first in the Portrait category in the
2012 Military Photographer of the Year photo competition. (Joshua L.
Hindu devotees play with colour
during Holi celebrations at the Banke Bihari temple on Wednesday in Vrindavan, India.
Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu God Krishna. It is
believed that young Krishna was jealous of
Radha's fair complexion since he himself was very dark. After questioning his
mother Yashoda on the darkness of his complexion, Yashoda, teasingly asked him to
colour Radha's face in whichever colour he wanted. In a mischievous mood, Krishna applied colour to Radha's face. The tradition of
applying color to one's beloved is being religiously followed to this day. (Daniel
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes holds one of
his musical instruments sculpted from recycled guns at the Lisson Gallery on
Tuesday in London. Reyes received 6,700
destroyed weapons from the Mexican government from which he sculpted two groups
of instruments. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
The first, a series titled "Imagine", is an orchestra of 50 instruments, from flutes to string and percussion instruments, designed to be
played live. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
The second, "Disarm", is an installation of mechanical musical
instruments, which can either be automated or played live by an individual
operator using a laptop computer or midi keyboard. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A guitar made from recycled gun
parts is shown at Reyes' "Disarm" exhibition. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Tom Lamb plays a musical
instrument made from recycled gun parts at the Lisson Gallery. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Musical instruments made from
recycled gun parts are played at the Lisson Gallery. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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