The Power of a Photograph

Among images charting the contours of collective struggle and protest, victory and loss, a man lies in black and white on a carpet of parched grass. I’m looking at his picture in Peter Mugabane’s photograph, ‘Dead bodies covered by newspaper filled streets of the Soweto during the June 1976 riots,’ taken that same month and … Continue reading

‘Blue Velvet’ Revisited

“Maybe I’m sick, but I want to see that again,” the film critic, Pauline Kael overheard after a screening of David Lynch’s 1986 film, Blue Velvet. In her review of the movie in The New Yorker, Pauline Kael traces a sense of this conscious revulsion throughout Blue Velvet, which, she writes, takes the “mystery and … Continue reading