3. A Unity of Content
There was importance placed on images published in magazines and a wonderful unity imposed to the projections: Each six minutes, one subject matter, by one photographer.
Among the 60 projections there were three gems: "Brothers in Arms" by Brian Plonka, "Earthlings" by Richard Kalvar, and "Another Country" by Scott Strazzante.
These three days of photography were neither pessimistic nor nostalgic. Rather, they showcased what is being done today and the approach of tomorrow: The use of video, the use of music, and the combination of different media.
An added bonus: I discovered of one of the strongest picture of the Iraq war (above), taken by Barry Gutierrez of the Rocky Mountain News. Entitled "Leia's Daddy," it was part of an exhibition of winners of this year's Pictures of the Year contest. Gutierrez photographed the body of Sgt. Ryan John Baum, killed in Iraq 11 days before the birth of his daughter, Leia. Sgt. Baum's widow, Dana Baum, said that all her husband wanted was to come home and put his baby on his chest, so at his funeral a picture of the child was placed there instead. Heartbreaking, extraordinary.—Jean Jacques Naudet