Zoe Strauss, professional photographer and one of the best people in the world, is trying to fund a trip to the Gulf of Mexico to record what's going on. She went down after Hurricane Katrina and this is what the Whitney had to say:
Some images verge on abstraction— a tangle of twisted window blinds in one shot occupies the whole field of the picture— but most bluntly document the damage wrought on humans and buildings. Volunteers pass bottles of water in a bucket brigade; piles of ruined belongings surround a leveled home; and the golden arches of a McDonald's sign are bent almost beyond recognition. Strauss has a keen sense of urban semiotics: a graffitied warning on a shuttered warehouse declares "Looters will be shot!" while the high-contrast gridded facade of an anodyne apartment building bears the poignant handwritten message "Mom Were [sic] OK."
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