No pictures of my own today. I want to direct you to a photographer’s work that has recently touched and influenced me. This summer, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has been exhibiting Fazal Sheikh’s Beloved Daughters, a powerful collection on women in modern Indian society. Then, just yesterday the artist himself held a lecture at the museum and I was fortunate enough to attend. My words can do no better job than those of this eloquent man, his images, and the testimonies of his subjects, so please, read the summary below and then go to his website.
“Fazal Sheikh is an artist-activist who uses photography to create a sustained portrait of different communities around the world, addressing their beliefs and traditions, as well as their political and economic problems. By establishing a context of respect and understanding, his photographs demand we learn more about the people in them and about the circumstances in which they live.”