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You know that generally, if I think something ought to be seen, or read, or heard, I'll link to it, straight out.
I don't think I can justify linking to it directly. I am sure, however, that for those few of you who look somewhat deeper than most, if you have not already seen this photographer's work then it is damned well time you did.
"Witkin makes art that canít be dismissed or ignored. In fact, it achieves the status all art yearns for: no one, on seeing a Witkin image, can remain ambivalent."
Joel-Peter Witkin. The link provided is to the Wikipedia entry on him, which contains at the bottom links to several places where his photographs and descriptions of his work can be seen. The Wikipedia entry is NOT WORK-SAFE and I can promise you that the photographs are even less so. They are also extremely unsettling, both in subject and composition. I strongly suggest looking at them alone, but somewhere that ensures you can go and find people to talk to afterward if you need to. I cannot stress this enough: this is art that will rip its way into your mind and you might not like what it uncovers there.
It is also some of the most powerful imagery I have ever seen captured with black-and-white photography.
At any rate, there it is. Take it or leave it, view it or not. Joel-Peter Witkin, one of the few people who have walked this earth that I would never want to meet, and an excellent artist. *shrug*
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