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Christopher Anderson: Capitolio

Christopher Anderson

Published August 1st 2009
ISBN : 9788492480579
Hardcover
132 pages
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Capitolio is New York documentary photographer Christopher Andersons cinematic journey through the upheavals of contemporary Caracas, Venezuela, in the tradition of such earlier projects as William Kleins New York (1954-55) and Robert FranksMoreCapitolio is New York documentary photographer Christopher Andersons cinematic journey through the upheavals of contemporary Caracas, Venezuela, in the tradition of such earlier projects as William Kleins New York (1954-55) and Robert Franks The Americans (1958). It presents a poetic and politicized vision, by one of todays finest documentary photographers, of a city and a country that is ripping apart at the seams under the stress of popular unrest, and whose turmoil remains largely unreported by Western media. No stranger to such fraught situations (he covered the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel from its inception), Anderson notates the countrys current incongruities, where the violent and the sensual intermingle chaotically. The word capitolio refers to the domed building that houses a government, writes Anderson, elaborating on the title of this volume- here, the city of Caracas, Venezuela, is itself a metaphorical capitolio building. The decaying Modernist architecture, with a jungle growing through the cracks, becomes the walls of this building and the violent streets become the corridors where the human drama plays itself out in what President Hugo Chavez called a revolution.