Portrait of Peress

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Tool of the Trade:
rangefinder camera




I work much more like a forensic photographer in a certain way, collecting evidence. I've started to take more still lifes, like a police photographer, collecting evidence as a witness. I've started to borrow a different strategy than that of the classic photojournalist. The work is much more factual and much less about good photography. I don't care that much anymore about "good photography." I'm gathering evidence for history, so that we remember.

– Gilles Peress, U.S. News, October 6, 1997


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Minneapolis Institute of Arts