This picture shows the gated community in which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave his infamous “47% speech.”
It’s a detail from a picture was taken by Magnum Photos member Zoe Strauss, who is traveling through Florida this month with fellow Magnum-ites Alec Soth and Alessandra Sanguinetti. They’re posting some of their work here on Tumblr, at Postcards From America. If you’re not following it, you should! (Here’s another of Strauss’s photos.)
On the occasion of Strauss’s mid-career survey at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she was the lead guest on Episode No. 10 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. Strauss’s appearance will make you laugh and cry — and you’ll understand why she and her camera see the things she’s seeing in Florida.
It’s wonderful to see friend-of-the-podcast Zoe Strauss receive an over-the-top rave review from critic Roberta Smith in today’s New York Times. Strauss’s work is on view now at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in “Zoe Strauss: 10 Years, A Slideshow.”
Smith calls Strauss “one of photography’s great naturals,” and says that “her vision remains searingly her own, a relentlessly unvarnished view of human existence and its effect on nature that is as bleak as it is exuberant and, in this, disconcertingly inspiring.”
Strauss was the guest on Episode No. 10 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. We talked just days before a major survey of her work would open at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — and just days after two people had been murdered on her street.
Image: Zoe Strauss, Vanessa, Philadelphia, 2006.
It’s been a good year for Zoe Strauss: Earlier this year the Philadelphia Museum of Art surveyed her 10-year “Under I-95” project in a major exhibition. Last week she was named a Magnum Photos nominee and her work is on view now at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York.
Strauss is one of America’s top documentary photographers — and one of the few American artists who focuses her practice on society’s have-nots. She was also my guest on Episode Ten of The Modern Art Notes Podcast.
Image: Zoe Strauss, Daddy Tattoo, Philadelphia, 2004.
The art: Zoe Strauss, El Cortez, Las Vegas, 2003.
The news: “Evening the Odds: Is there a politics of inequality?” by Nicholas Lemann in The New Yorker.
The source: Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A ten-year survey of Strauss’s work is on view at the PMA and closes Sunday. She was a guest on Episode Ten of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. (Or click here or on the image to download to your PC/mobile device.) It’s one of our best shows. I guarantee you love it.