Abu Ghraib and Access
Richard Ross: Abu Ghraib and Access from Aperture Foundation on Vimeo.
In this video clip, Richard Ross speaks about his experience documenting the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, revealing a disturbing observation made while photographing there. Ross also explains how he gained access to so many official and confidential spaces typically inaccessible to both the public and press.
The exhibition Architecture of Authority is currently on view at Aperture Gallery through July 31st. With this body of work American photographer Richard Ross presents unsettling pictures of architectural spaces that each exert a kind of power over the individual. From a Montessori preschool, to churches and mosques, to an interrogation room at Guantánamo and segregation cells at Abu Ghraib, Ross’s photographs reflect the state of our post 9/11 world—one in which he believes the public has become accustomed to the abuse
of power, erosion of individual liberty, illegitimate authority, and constant surveillance.