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Photographing Secret Places

by Hrag Vartanian on December 9, 2013

If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Trevor Paglen, then I would suggest you change that right now through this excellent short video (08:59) from the Creators Project. Known for his eagerness to document and photograph the “invisible” sites on earth and in the sky, Paglen’s images of CIA black sites, secret satellites, and other classified documents and information highlight what governments don’t want us to focus on. His latest series homes in on court drawings by the Associated Press’s William Hennessy of the Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) military trial, and aspects of the images that are “falling apart and coming together.”

It is hard not to feel a connection to Paglen’s body of work and nod your head when he says: “We are way too far on the secrecy side.” That sounds like an understatement.

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