During breakfast today, I watched a few TED talks and ran in to this one by Taryn Simon, an incredible photographer whose projects have taken her years of dedication and research to accomplish.

It’s one thing to be a photographer, understanding how to capture images and create good compositions. It’s definitely another to go the extra mile to not only come up with these project ideas, but to undertake them the way Ms. Simon does, in order to show some truly fascinating images that are rarely otherwise seen. Her projects include The Innocents, which “documents the stories of individuals who served time in prison for violent crimes they did not commit,” and A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I – XVIII which “was produced over a four-year period (2008-11), during which the artist… travelled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. The subjects Simon documents include victims of genocide in Bosnia, test rabbits infected with a lethal disease in Australia, the first woman to hijack an aircraft, and the living dead in India.” Like I said, Taryn Simon is awesome.

Here are some of my favorite photographs., off her website:

Death Row Outdoor Recreational Facility, “The Cage” (from An American Index of
the Hidden and Unfamiliar
Interior of Fidel Castro’s Palace of the Revolution, 2003 (from Nonfiction)
Black Square III, Human Skin Wallet (from Black Square)
Ski Dubai, The fist indoor ski resort in the Middle East, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (from Nonfiction)

Inspired yet? You can learn more about Taryn by visiting her page, www.tarynsimon.com.


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