Ashima Narain • Time

Thursday, 9 March 2017

“In 1986, in the midst of the Iran-Contra scandal and at the height of the AIDS crisis, when American politicians often proved to be both unscrupulous and painfully unresponsive, the photographer Judith Joy Ross set out to make portraits of members of the United States Congress. With a Guggenheim fellowship in hand but lacking any media credentials, she came up with a persuasive pretext to convince politicians to pose: the exhibit would be held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. The ploy worked: more than a hundred congressmen agreed to have their pictures taken.” Philip Gefter • New Yorker

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