// CHRISTOPH BANGERT //
There is a common misconception among consumers of news media: The most gruesome images will be shown to the public to stir up attention. In fact the images we are shown have gone through a thorough process of editing and censoring. As a photographer covering conflicts and natural disasters for international publications, CHRISTOPH BANGERT is regularly confronted with the dilemma. On the one hand he tries to document events as truthful to his own experience as possible, but on the other hand he is confronted with several layers of censorship including his own. The book WAR PORN is Bangert’s experiment on what would happen if we suppressed our need of self-censorship for once. Bangert has no recollection at all of taking some of the pictures first published in this book. These images shot in Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Gaza over the past ten years were archived outtakes too violent and never to be seen by the public. The result is a raw, intense, mysterious, brutal and at times shocking and controversial book. It is highly personal as it is honest. Is it morally justifiable? Does the photographer exploit his subjects? Is it War Porn or a quest for an alternative view of our world?
WAR PORN by CHRISTOPH BANGERT, designed by Teun van der Heijden, Chiho Bangert und Klaus Kehrer, 12 x 16 cm, 192 pages, published by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg Berlin, 2014. Order your signed copy HERE.
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