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"Documentary photography is also fairly useless when it comes to questions of social self-documentation as individuals, when most of what we might wish to document (such as sexual harassment, racial discrimination, power struggles within the family) is a cause for shame or embarrassment, when we fear that we might be judged by revealing the very concerns we are engaged in understanding and perhaps challenging. Never is this more apparent that when trying to deal with questions of sexual identity, where the camera is taboo or forbidden. Documentary photography in any straightforward sense would be ridiculous here, and so we need to re-stage scenarios for the camera as a way out of the impotence that comes from this impasse. This image-production work should be seen as a private activity."

 

Jo Spence

 

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Taken on December 31, 2009