For our last class, we read Nora Ephron’s “The Boston Photographs” and examined the images her essay refers to. For our next class, we will consider the photographs published in Jet magazine that depict the brutalization of Emmett Till.
One collector of civil rights memorabilia has provided an archive of the various issues of Jet magazine relevant to this discussion. Before you click through to view the images, please brace yourselves–these are extremely disturbing images.
You might also look at this compilation of newspaper articles following Emmett Till’s murder. At the bottom of the page, you can download the FBI report, which includes materials from the time of the incident and more recent reporting.
Taking a step back, the Wikipedia page could be a good place to get started to understand the events that led up to and that followed Till’s murder.
Reply here with a comment about the choice to publish these photographs. You might write about what motivated the choice, or even what Ephron would say based on what she wrote in “The Boston Photographs,” or how these images matter today in relation to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Are there other sources you consulted that were helpful for you? Please share them with us in your comment.
Click here to see band poster: Brightnoise
This poster is inspired by Swiss style posters and design aesthetics. Using Swissted’s nirvana poster, me and my colleague created a poster that was warm in color temperature. The original poster was black, red and light grey but for this project the use of all saturations were used (Muted, chromatic, and prismatic). The band name Bright Noise was thought of after me and my partner listed word associations for each of the 5 senses. Bright noise fit perfectly because the colors chosen, orange and yellow, are bright in luminosity. The term bright noise projects a powerful sense of sound and directs attention .
This exhibition is presented by the artist Shadin Risha. Shadin was born in a small country name Bangladesh but he was mostly raised in New York. Risha moved to New York at the age of twelve and he never looked back. He’s currently a student of New York City College of technology. parsuing his degree in arts and advertisement Design. Risha’s project ‘Thenderous Lifowao’ was inspire by Tom Phillips’ project which was known as “The Humument”. Risha came up with his project title Thenderous Lifowao by blocking out words from the main title of the book ‘The brief wondrous life of oscar wao’ by writen by Junot Diaz. Risha’s main goal was to change the theme of the book which originally was a story of a boy who’s constantly failing failures and disappoint and transform the character into a brave and mentally strong boy who takes all the negativity that’s thrown at him and turns it into the fuel to get what he wants.
The book’s original name was ‘the brief wondrous life of Oscar wao’. Instead of name the project with a title that’s easier to understand and could be found in the dictionary, Risha decided to come up with a completely new and different title. But since his project and the original book has a connection where both projects portrays the same characters but in a way, Risha chose to recreate the book’s new name from the original name. He keeps the word ‘The’ and adds ‘ndrous’ from ‘Wondrous’ to create a new word ‘Thendrous’. For the word ‘Lifowao’ he takes ‘Lif’ from the word ‘life’, the letter ‘O’ from ‘Of’ and adds them with the last word ‘Wao’.
The main book ‘The brief wondrous life of Oscar wao’ is a story about a boy who talks about his life and how the best part of life for him was when he was a eleven years old. Risha takes his sorrowful life story and decided to turn the half pathetic looser character into someone who’s bravely fighting for things he believes in and to survive during an apocalypse.
The project portrays a character from a Hispanic family who’s recently discovered himself and found out that he is attracted toward both women and men. But coming from a Hispanic family things turns out to be very hard for him. To make everything far worse a dangerous virus breaks out and the sick people starts to transform into a different types of creatures and starts to crave for human blood.
Risha goes on to tell his story by creating juxtaposition, perspective, positive and negative spaces and using values. There are pages where he fills up the whole page with black ink and leaves a little part of the book un-inked to create positive and negative space so when the audience glimpse at the page their eyes are naturally being drawn to the in-inked part which leads them into reading the left out portion of the story and conquer another piece if the puzzle that creates the whole story.
One of the page on the book creates two types image based on the angle the audience are looking at. First Risha colors over book page with black ink while leaving out some phrases and words that makes up a story. But then if the audience takes the time to look at the book horizontally they will see a silhouette of a boy sticking his head out of a door of a dark room with the sign of both bravery and fear that’s portrayed by his body language.
Risha decided to work on this particular book because he felt like it was something needed to be done. The story of Oscar Wao is not just a story a boy. There are people all around us that are living proof of that story. Risha wanted to create a fighter out of the character to influence and inspire the people that are beaten up to become a fighter themselves.