Overview participating exhibitions
To Have and Have Not
BLAMEWORTHY arose as a response to an article that appeared in TIME in 2009: ‘25 People to Blame for the Financial Crisis’. The selection that TIME made included an eclectic company of politicians and CEOs, but also pointed an accusing finger at the public, who had eagerly participated in risky financial transactions like mortgages they could not really afford. From diverse websites Straight collected low resolution portraits of the main culprits, framed them uniformly and made them so dark that the faces can barely be seen through the blackness. The darkness reflects the shadowy nature of the actions of those involved. But, paradoxically enough, it also forces us to look more carefully, to see the guilty more clearly.
David Straight (New Zealand, b. 1980) studied photography at the School of Fine Arts and Design at Massey University and did an internship at Magnum Photos. He has published five photo books, two of which were nominated for photo book prizes at Blurb Photo Book Now International in New York, and the International Photo Book Festival in Kassel. His solo exhibition Still Here – A Landscape of an Earthquake was to be seen in Auckland.