February 23, 2009
Bernie Between The Lines
The photo on the cover of the March Portfolio is from a cache of Madoff portraits just discovered from a ten-year-old photo shoot. (You can read the backstory here.)
Visual culture and media is scrambling now to capture and represent the near-depression we’re in. In that net, of course, we can expect a lot of faces of victims and villains. I had several strong and immediate associations to this image given its relationship to current circumstances. Before you click through and see where I went, however, how does the image read to you?
(image: Jonathan Saunders. New York. Oct. 7, 1999)
Bernie meets Hal meets Hannibal Lector meets the chair.
(image 4 via: A M E R I C A N N E W S P A P E R R E P O S I T O R Y www.oldpapers.org)