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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

15.10.2014

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“For a couple of years now, I've been working on separate long-term projects in which I'm confronted to varying degrees with the aftermaths of genocides: I’ve been photographing the sometimes very subtle traces the genocide has left behind in Bosnia, Turkey and Armenia.

While in the case of war you have the front line, weapons, fighting, and refugees, in the case of a genocide you have, as intended by the perpetrators, an eerie silence.

But silence is the mother of metaphors and doves are obviously one of them, charged with meanings of peace. The problem is that there are hundreds of good, and sometimes even iconic, images of doves, so you need to get a bloody good shot of them to avoid boredom and clichés (if that’s at all possible). But, as with crosses and Kalashnikovs, they are very visual and, therefore, very hard to avoid. So photographers, defying the archives in their heads and the rules of artistic growth, find themselves quite often using this visual and cheap short cut to peace. So did I.”

Andy Spyra

Born in Hagen in 1984, Spyra began photo journalism and documentary photography at Hanover High School, but did not complete his studies. He is the winner of a number of awards, including the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography 2009 and the Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2010 for his work on the Kashmir conflict.

www.andyspyra.com
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