Stephen Dupont

The other week a couple of friends were in town and wanted to check out the New York Public Library. Among the many delights of this place there was an exhibition of photographs by Australian photographer Stephen Dupont. There were two strands to the exhibit - portraits taken on a Kabul street one afternoon with a Polaroid Land camera and journalistic work from fifteen years of work in Afghanistan. I was impressed by both, but I was also impressed with the choice of images on display, some of which were very graphic. I commend curator Robert B. Menschel for not flinching away from showing these images in what is after all a public space and not a specialist publication, private gallery or artist's book. (CORRECTION: The curator is actually Stephen Pinson, who is the Robert B. Menschel Curator of the Photography Collection at the NYPL. - Thanks to the anonymous commentator for pointing that out!)

Take this one for example:



A young girl wounded in a rocket attack being operated on at Kabul's Jamuriat hospital, 1993 photograph by Stephen Dupont.

After looking at this particular series of images from over a decade in a war torn country I turned around to see this serene scene.




Quite a contrast.

See some more on Stephen Dupont here. The exhibit runs until January 25th 2009.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The curator is actually Stephen Pinson, who is the Robert B. Menschel Curator of the Photography Collection at the NYPL.

Tom White said...

Ahh.. Thanks for correcting that!