Taryn Simon

The stories behind the bloodlines

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Filmed Jan 2011 at TEDSalon London Fall 2011
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Taryn Simon captures the essence of vast, generation-spanning stories by photographing the descendants of people at the center of the narrative. In this riveting talk she shows a stream of these stories from all over the world, investigating the nature of genealogy and the way our lives are shaped by the interplay of many different forces.

Taryn Simon
/ Photographer

With a large-format camera and a knack for talking her way into forbidden zones, Taryn Simon photographs portions of the American infrastructure inaccessible to its inhabitants.  Full bio.

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