Anniversary trip: Paris, part 3

A short one still in Paris, but off to London...
A peek into the Magnum gallery in Paris to see Jim Goldberg's wall installation. So early it wasn't even open. Wish I could have got in for a closer look at this.
His work is heavy. He asks people to write their stories on the photos he makes. Then will have translations if needed. The people he has been shooting are in migration for many reasons. Looking for a better life, or fleeing war and oppression, rape, slavery.
Our last morning in Paris was charming. A band lifted the mood. We were off to the Gare du Nord train station to catch a train to London.
Posted December 2nd, 2011 by The trip was only 2 weeks
So..what's up with that Guardian article?

You feel like they're lumping you as a "skate artist"?
Posted By: Jgonzalez on December 2nd, 2011 at 05:06PM PST
the guardian article was interesting... but kinda half-assed.
Posted By: vinny on December 3rd, 2011 at 12:11AM PST
I wonder if the author posts over at SLAP. but was like "lol, I'll just post this shit on the site I work at" so he wouldn't get kooked.

Toy Machine Sock Team is now a street wear company. 30 dollar socks in limited runs

Posted By: Jgonzalez on December 3rd, 2011 at 12:37AM PST
For real. Some Navajo socks would sellllll€£¥$$
Posted By: Jgonzalez on December 3rd, 2011 at 12:38AM PST
doubt you check this regular but if you in london today (saturday 3rd) would be great to say hi?
Im in town lurking around photobook shops near soho claire de rouen etc.
Posted By: dan boulton on December 3rd, 2011 at 02:14AM PST
Did you guys know Talent is a river in Switzerland?
Posted By: S on December 3rd, 2011 at 02:24AM PST
His work is not as heavy as certain skin diseases is.
Posted By: Its good to be skinny,again on December 3rd, 2011 at 05:00PM PST
Steve Martin said that the banjo is such a happy instrument that you can't play a sad song on it.
Posted By: Eggs McManus on December 3rd, 2011 at 05:43PM PST
I guess that Magnum Studio isn't as heavy either,as the first one,too.
Posted By: Its good to be skinny,again on December 3rd, 2011 at 11:16PM PST
Posted By: Devin on December 4th, 2011 at 10:55PM PST
hi.this is wataru.from Jpn/
I wanna ask for Ed who master artist of theme
that is death
I saw dead guy looks suicide and it was even
not face to that cold night rainy,something
weird.I guess,and I saw alleyway guy down on
street,I just thought he just drunk and down,
must be whatever cos look the girl friend calling,
must be 911 but second opinion of mind the guy looks
so hard of curving to very wrong side of the leg.

so I go back and ask to women Are you ok,the guy is friend?
no no no
she was drunk little bit.

the scene was perfect horrible.
looks god of`s not American or Europe mean
god.just something prowl in the town.likes homeless.
not fine guy as black men homeless.just so dark.

Sibuya Tokyo,with sex industry of town,
and basically the town has weird air.
it`s something ghosts is exist.

in a dirty town.

now I feeling so bad.
what can I do.can not find a news on net,site of
police dept too,I concern to One guy is dead.

call to police useless.likes are you new robot?
like made in China witch mean,they are smart.

and I was looks first finder,because first women finder who was drunked.

it is seems so miserable.

women husband was coming he drunk also,
they are resident of estate.

he said well this is fuck ,mother fucker dead?
I will picture it and up to face book.

I say should don`t.

If you face to that,do you picture it?
sometimes dead is beautiful

mu friend was so,
young girl,finest,fashion-conscious not too much,
basically tender,

still she as livening as feel.
in a mountain accident too.

but worst town of japanese guy looks I hate the guy
hair style I hate as japanese another punk.
not your punk.

If face to that do you picture?
or ofcause not

something crawling in body.scary.

I just feel uneasy? what happened.
more than resident guys.

so feel as he is next me.
likes he`s job was Spam mail maker,

becuase I thought see Spam,
these guys how miserable in this world

Do you theme that real people death
Posted By: Wataru on December 4th, 2011 at 11:46PM PST

Thank you for your question, from what I can understand, you came across a dead man, and a scene of death, with a woman crying.

And are wondering if you should have made a photograph.

And you did not, but are now stuck with this scene in your head, and can't stop going over the circumstances.

Possibly there is regret.

Possibly you are questioning if you are a good photographer or not?

I have had many situations like this. I always feel terrible.

Almost every day I see something I should shoot because my gut and my eyes see it and my impulse is to shoot. But then my rational brain takes over and I wonder if it would be wrong of me to shoot this person? Is someone watching me? Will they see me? What will they think if they see me? All thoughts that have nothing to do with the image itself, and how strong that image may be when I finally see the composition.

I don't know the feeling, the area, the amount of people looking, or the situation that you were in.

But that you wrote me on this comment form, I understand this must have been intense.

The truth is there is no right answer. If you could have shot a picture, it may have been good, but now you will never know. And nobody is angry at you. And you only have your regret that you failed to gather a picture memeory and story to tell and share with others.

If you had shot, it may have been bad. Maybe people would have seen you and thought you were terrible, maybe the photo would be bad and you would have never used it.

My advice is don't worry about it.

You have a story to tell, you saw it and experienced it. It will inform your photography in the future.

There is no use being angry with yourself, or even wondering. You acted as you thought best in a crazy situation. That says something about you as a person, and nothing about you as a photographer.

I have been next to a dead body. And there is nothing quite like the strange feeling you get.

But this will all pass with time.

Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: ed on December 5th, 2011 at 09:17AM PST
I saw your mommy
Posted By: Suicidal T on December 5th, 2011 at 09:53AM PST
Wataru´s story actually sounded like a poem.

I once had a job facing dead people on a daily basis.
The first one was an old woman, pretty heavy to look at.
From there it got easier day by day.

All in all over a period of a year, I probably saw 30, 40 bodies.
In the end it changed my feelings about death and the esthetic of it.
I wasn´t shooting photos back then and I don´t think I would, but
can imagine that it might be fascinating for people outside these situations to get a glimpse how it looks and with that maybe feels like.
Posted By: S on December 5th, 2011 at 10:53AM PST
Magnum gallery? Never knew one existed. Looks small.
Great answers to Wataru's questions. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: garry on December 7th, 2011 at 01:10PM PST
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