Image of What Good Is a Photograph?

What Good Is a Photograph?

by Ric Kasini Kadour


Ric Kasini Kadour uses a photograph of snails eating habanero peppers in his garden and Farm Service Administration photographs taken by Gordon Parks in 1942 and 1943 to raise questions about the role of the photograph in a world flooded with images. Kadour asks the reader to consider how Roy Stryker thought about photographs as powerful tools of justice and how Gordon Parks used photography as a weapon for telling a greater truth about America. In a time of propaganda and misinformation, Kadour asks the reader to consider the role of images in their own life and to allow images to work for truth. Kadour takes a viewer-centric approach to photography, which allows the reader to develop the skills to look at images, to think about them and, ultimately, read the images as poetry.

The essay includes discussions of Geoff Dyer, Dorothea Lange, Grant Wood, Jack Kerouac and Robert Frank.

What Good Is a Photograph? contains Kadour's essay, "What Good Is a Photograph?", and a selection of documentary photographs by Gordon Parks (1912-2006).

DETAILS: 36 pages | 7"x5" | saddle-stitched | ISBN 978-1-927587-48-5 | 2020 | Published by Maison Kasini Canada