Gathering in New York (and around the world) against the impending war in Iraq.
George Bush is gone but the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan are tragically unresolved.
In fact the idea of resolution is hard to construct — the sheer magnitude of what has
happened and it’s effects continue to reverberate.
I am sharing the pictures I took at various protests and gatherings in New York City
in order to help create a document of the energy and aspirations of New Yorkers during this time.
February 15th, 2003 people all around the world gathered to protest the war in Iraq.
In New York City, the authorities would not let us march past the United Nations
as initially planned. Instead, we were only allowed to hold a stationary rally not on the
upper east side. As protesters, we were restricted in our movements is a way that made
crowd control seem like a facet of Big Brother. We were being herded, steered, unable to move freely.
I was by the stage/press area and it was so cold my camera shook.
Pete Seeger sang a version of “…somewhere over the rainbow.”
It was an incredibly moving anthem.
The next week, Julie Talen solicited video from the event, documenting the crowd control and experiences. In a sense, this was the beginning of the kinds of massive police force you see at any large public gathering.A waste of our resources, a dimishment of our spirit. It can feel very Brave New World!Julie created a multi-screen documentary called “60 Cameras Against the War.” It is a temporal collage whichcaptures the fractured experiences in multiples space and time.
PS the shakey image of Peter Seeger in “60 Cameras” is mine.