Richard Ross: Architecture of Authority John F. MacArthur Jr.

ISBN: 9781597110525

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Richard Ross: Architecture of Authority  by  John F. MacArthur Jr.

Richard Ross: Architecture of Authority by John F. MacArthur Jr.
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For the past several years--and with seemingly limitless access--photographer Richard Ross has been making unsettling and thought-provoking pictures of architectural spaces that exert power over the individuals within them. From a MontessoriMoreFor the past several years--and with seemingly limitless access--photographer Richard Ross has been making unsettling and thought-provoking pictures of architectural spaces that exert power over the individuals within them.

From a Montessori preschool to churches, mosques and diverse civic spaces including a Swedish courtroom, the Iraqi National Assembly hall and the United Nations, the images in Architecture of Authority build to ever harsher manifestations of power: an interrogation room at Guantanamo, segregation cells at Abu Ghraib, and finally, a capital punishment death chamber.Though visually cool, this work deals with hot-button issues--from the surveillance that increasingly intrudes on post-9/11 life to the abuse of power and the erosion of individual liberty.

The connections among the various architectures are striking, as Ross points out: The Santa Barbara Mission confessional and the LAPD robbery homicide interrogation rooms are the same intimate proportions. Both are made to solicit a confession in exchange for some form of redemption. Essay by Harpers Magazine publisher, John R. MacArthur, also a columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail.



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