Intolerable Beauty


16 November 2009

This podcast with photographer Chris Jordan at the New York Review of Books jarred me a bit, unexpectedly.  Jordan took photographs of baby albatross (albatrosses?) on Midway Island who’d ingested so much plastic that it killed them; the photos are “straight,” i.e. they are not posed or art-directed, and are truly disturbing.

A 2003-05 exhibit of Jordan’s was entitled “Intolerable Beauty.”  In the podcast, he talks about that title, and the relationship between aesthetics and activism.  Jordan’s passion is compelling.  Give him a listen.



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