Joel Sternfeld’s anti-photojournalistic images of Genoa
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Joel Sternfeld's Treading on Kings: Protesting the G8 in Genoa is a series of twenty-seven formal portraits published on the occasion of an exhibition of Sternfeld's project at the White Box Gallery in New York. The main body of the book consists of portraits of participants and activists who travelled to Genoa to protest against the policies of the eight richest countries of the world. The activists' reported statements, on the left page of the portrait, vary from statement to statement, from describing feelings and intentions to long explanatory texts arguing against capitalism, economic inequalities and exploitation of the poor countries and ecological destruction. Sternfeld's avoidance of spontaneous shooting on the streets of Genoa is based on anti-photojournalistic principles. This distance from the tradition of photojournalism and its obsession with the worthwhile picture that would make headlines was also highlighted by the curators at the White Box Gallery.

Photography and social movements

From the globalisation of the movement (1968) to the movement against globalisation (2001)


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