Gary Kuehn at Häusler Contemporary
Wedge Piece, 1967, wood, colored fiberglass, 30.5 x 111.8 x 121.9 cm
Untitled, 1969, wood, fiberglass, 488 x 168 cm
James Foley was a 40-year-old freelance photojournalist. He was born in New Hampshire, and was a graduate of Northwest University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. In 2011, he was abducted (along with three other journalists) in Libya, while covering that country’s civil war; 44 days later, he was released. But in 2012, he was kidnapped again, and his whereabouts were unknown — until last night, when ISIS posted a YouTube video of Foley’s beheading, announced as retaliation for recent airstrikes in Iraq. And then Gawker linked to that video, a fucking monstrous but not uncharacteristic editorial decision. And then, loath to let anyone else win the race to the bottom of the sewer, the New York Post put a screen-grab from the same video (of the knife to Foley’s throat, even) on their cover. And tweeted it. (We’re not linking to either of those outlets in this piece, because fuck them.)
Meanwhile, in Ferguson, Missouri, journalists from around the world have put themselves in harm’s way to capture images of a militarized police force gone amok, and a community in anguish and anger. And those journalists’ work on the ground helped shine a much-needed light on the events there; the first few nights of protests were barely mentioned in mainstream media, and it took the arrests of The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly to “get the mainstream media machine moving,” per Politico.
Since Wednesday, with the eyes of the nation on them, forces in Ferguson have arrested 11 more journalists reporting for outlets around the world, from The Telegraph and Getty Images to Sports Illustrated to Breitbart News. Cops lobbed tear gas at a team from Al-Jazeera America and disassembled their equipment; threatened to “shell” Mustafa Hussein, operator of one of the story’s most vital live streams; and threatened to mace MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. But the journalists haven’t left; Ferguson is an important story, and it’s their job to cover it.
excellent article. i’m happy journalists are duking it out to bring forth a sense of pure journalism again because we need it right now.