Ohne Titel, 1984
From Power in the Blood. Photographs from the North of Ireland.
Gelatin-silver print, 32.6 x 48.7 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, gift Volkart Stiftung
© Gilles Peress
b. 1946 (Neuilly-sur-Seine, FR), lives and works in New York, US
In the 1990s, the works of Gilles Peress stood alone, like outsiders in the photographic landscape. For all the talk of post-historic arbitrariness, “nonchalance” and individual freedom, each and every one of his images seemed to scream that the bottom line is always a question of power. His sociopolitical works about Northern Ireland, Iran and Bosnia consistently sought to create a visual context in which it was possible to perceive and grasp the issues, reports, ambiguities and dilemmas they addressed.