Larry Herman explores the crossover of politics and photography
Several years ago I had conversations with a couple of photographers and a painter about issuing a manifesto, publicly declaring our political views as to how photographers (& painters) could work in an overtly political way. We wanted to polemicise against those who advocate variations of that liberal totem: “art for arts sake”. We wanted to expose those who produce work that is ostensibly liberal and perhaps even thought of as being left wing, but is, deceptively, very conservative. The few discussions we had floundered, became confused and would have only befuddled our intended clarity and unity and the idea for our new manifesto rightly died away.