more powerful and, at the same time, more damning of the government's negligent
response to Hurricane Katrina?
(see link below), Alan is not afraid to see the survivors in a more intimate way. The result
of this forwardness can be a look of appeal, absolute disillusionment or shame. It can also elicit
embarrassment, awkwardness or offense that would dissuade others from creating a
record of the moment, or escape publication for being too emotionally challenging
or "overly raw."
news photos from the disaster had greater shock value. But the effect
was more immediate, and less vital. In contrast, Alan's photographs actually
seem to linger. They capture the interminable, the sense that -- for those
abused by this catastrophe -- what was spiritually (if not physically) insurmountable
was its endurance.
are black-and-white. The result is that it renders so many of the other
photos colorless. What happened in New Orleans is a shame that
we, as a people, absolutely must look at and into as deeply as we can. These
images couldn't set a higher standard for that challenge.