Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography — to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009, in Oxford, […]Continue reading
Why you should listen
With An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Taryn Simon goes on the hunt for America's dirty secrets. Gaining entrance to places as diverse as a white tiger breeding facility, the JFK Airport quarantine area, abortion clinics and virus-research labs, Simon shows the things that are integral to America's foundation, mythology and daily functioning, but remain inaccessible or unknown to a public audience. In her earlier book, The Innocents, she shot portraits of more than 80 wrongly accused death-row inmates who were exonerated by DNA testing, and investigated photography's role in that process.
But Simon's photographs stretch beyond mere documentation. Brimming with radiant light, unsettling atmosphere and sinister implications, they pulse with artistic mystery.
After having been premiered at the Tate Modern in London and at Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie in 2011, Taryn's work, titled "A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters", will be at MoMA in New York from May 2nd to September 3rd, 2012.
What others say
“She clearly delights in exposing, in a quasitabloid fashion, America's underbelly.” — Bridget L. Goodbody, New York Times
Taryn Simon’s TED talks
Taryn Simon on the TED Blog
Taryn Simon at TEDGlobal 2009, Session 8: July 23, 2009, in Oxford, UK. Credit: TED / James Duncan Davidson Taryn Simon is a photographer whose subjects are often as fascinating as her images. This morning, she launches into a series of photographs from her amazing collection An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. She […]Continue reading
Photographer Taryn Simon goes to places few people ever get to see. She’s photographed everything from a white tiger breeding facility to abortion clinics. Her shocking talk astounded the crowd on Twitter: Taryn Simon’s talk is dense with details on the background of her photos. The context is the story. Eclectic. — bwdumars Incestuous white […]Continue reading