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  • mage: GREECE. Lavrio. 2005. Two detained Afghani refugees point to the refrigerator on which they wrote (approximate translation) 'The Sea of Sadness has no shore'. (Their English translation is 'in the open see (sic) dont have border') Lavrio 
  • expression and thirties America p.8, 18
  • Larger scale colour photographs depict landscapes from the subjects’ countries of origin,which Goldberg visits after meeting them in their newly adopted countries and havingheard their stories. These works reflect Goldberg’s interest in the motivations behindmigration and the conditions for desiring escape.-
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    • 1. Jim Goldberg
      "I have the great privilege of being both witness and storyteller. Intimacy, trust and intuition guide my work." 
    • 2.
    • 3. Open See
      Started as a Magnum commission in Greece in 2004
      Shows experiences of refugee, immigrant and trafficked populations
      While working he won the HCB award which helped him continue his work and travel to Ukraine, Bangladesh, Liberia
    • 4. “Though Goldberg's work is political, he is uncomfortable with the term, describing himself instead as "a documentary storyteller".
      Asking questions, not giving answers, not trying to be political
    • 5.
    • 6. Style
      Polaroids, medium format, video, handwriting
    • 7. Consists of small “personal” images, and images where you stand back and get an overview, a context
      Lets the subject write and draw on the images
      The subjects aren’t passive, but get to tell their story in their own words
      The variety of the medium he uses, and the different look of the images can represent the diversity in people and the differences
    • 8. Analysis
      ‘Open See’ can be interpreted several ways
      • The work is about freedom or the lack of it
      • 9. It is a common way for refugees to travel
      • 10. Encourage people to open their eyes and see what is going on
      • 11. It is a mistranslation which can represent a language barrier and differences
    •  "We understand a historical document intellectually, but we understand a human document emotionally“
    • 12.
    • 13. Symbolic
      Birds are freedom, but crows are also death
      in the book they work as symbol and "pauses“ in the big amount of portraits
    • 14.
    • 15. At first it connotes naivety, but after a while it changes into a sad realisme
      Mystery, we don’t understand all of the text
      We imagine her future, compare it to the other images we have seen
    • 16. The Prize
      “The point of the Deutsche Börse, like the Turner, seems to be to stir public interest in the kind of photography the general public would not normally be aware of, never mind go and see”
      “These intermediate documents increase our knowledge of public facts, but sharpen it with feeling...”
    • 17. “The problematic issues that dog contemporary photographic reportage – the immigrant as spectacle, the desensitisation of the viewer through the sheer volume of images of suffering – are addressed indirectly within the work, which often takes the form of a kind of creative collaboration”