Fortunes of War (Book)

Photography as Alter Space

By Eric Lesdema Series edited by Alfredo Cramerotti

The book demonstrates an alternative approach to the traditional concept central to documentary photography since its inception and thus raises important questions about twenty-first century interpretations and applications of photography and media, about warfare today and the cultural framework that surrounds the war and the peace industries, offering an antidote to obsolete discourses.

Category: Visual Arts

Edition

The photographic series Fortunes of War - originally a set of 15 images - was awarded the UN/Nikon World Prize in 1997.

The extended edit of 52 colour photographic images that have been anticipating key geopolitical events in the last 20 years are accompanied by a series of essays, written by leading academics. They explore ideas raised by the prescient nature of the work and its alternative approach to documentary photography: The possibilities for photography as a medium that can ‘anticipate’ events as opposed to the traditional notion that it records ‘decisive’ events.

The book demonstrates an alternative approach to the traditional concept central to documentary photography since its inception and thus raises important questions about twenty-first century interpretations and applications of photography and media, about warfare today and the cultural framework that surrounds the war and the peace industries, offering an antidote to obsolete discourses.

The original 15 image edit was exhibited at Watershed, Bristol; Street Level, Glasgow; warningSHOTS Royal Armouries (CAS Collection); Xapala, Mexico; Blue Sky, Oregon; UNESCO France.

Eric Lesdema has lectured and exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. His work is held in several collections. He has undertaken photography, film, installation and text commissions for several institutions including Photoworks. In 2002 he was awarded an International Fellowship by the British Council and Arts Council. He lives and works in Wales.

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