As part of World Press Photo 11, I will be given a lecture and slideshow in Zurich at 9pm May 28 sponsored by the Keystone photo agency.
Photographs from Homeland are being exhibited at a group show “Under the Bridge” at Galerie Cerami in Charleroi, Belgium May 7 – June 11, 2011.
And so, this fraud from decades past, is set to launch a comeback. Newt Gingrich, in his immoral glory, wants to be President of the United States. This is the man, some might remember, who launched the “Contract
With On America,” who held the nation hostage over Monica Lewinsky while he was cheating on his own wife. Naughty boy. But now, with a new wife, and new religion, I guess he’s scrubbed clean. Below, the Newt, somewhere in Georgia. ©Nina Berman 1996, All Rights Reserved.
Reading Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion, Chapter 2, illusion of love, an investigation into the gonzo pornography world and one of the most disturbing pieces of journalism I’ve ever read. Gang bangs, torture, debasement of the most sickening kind. But hey, it’s just business. The Taliban stone women, we act outraged, spend billions trying to destroy them. And here in the land of the free? We dress girls up, shove shit in their mouths, make them plead for more, smile while they’re being tortured, gang bang them with multiple partners in multiple entry points, infect them, drug them, then dress them up with fake tits and travel them on the convention (prostitution) circuit. Annual US sales $10 billion. Worldwide porn industry sales are more than Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft combined. Leading money makers in the US, get this, AT & T and GM through their internet operations. The chapter led me to website with a page of porn stars who have killed themselves, the latest one on April 13. There they were, young blonds, blue eyes, and shiny skin, looking whacked. In the middle of this, I hear a strange sound from my daughter’s room. She comes to me with a Barbie in her hand, given to her by a friend earlier in the day. This Barbie has a key in her back. Turn it and a pink heart lights up in her chest and she chimes. Touch her left hand and she sings, “I feel connected, protected,” and on and on. She’s wearing a pink dress off the shoulder. Her breasts are typical Barbie – grossly out of proportion. Her eyes are blue, with yellow glitter and heavy make up. She’s smiling, her lips slightly parted. She looks like the dead porn girls. I don’t want her in my apartment. How do you tell a 7 year old that she can’t have this toy? She relinquishes the doll. Later that day, I do what most girls end up doing to Barbies, pulling their clothes off. I set her on a green plastic chair and made these pictures. All photos ©Nina Berman 2011, All Rights Reserved.