In Ep.2 of 'Thought Pieces' filmmaker, writer and photographer RaMell Ross reads ‘Renew the encounter,’ from But Still, It Turns, edited by Paul Graham. Part meditation and part manifesto, Ross’ text invites us to deconstruct our relationship to photography and race through dazzling, urgent prose. This essay was originally published in Film Quarterly.
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About But Still, It Turns
“The dynamic and diverse work in this collection speaks to the brilliant tangle of reality.” – The Guardian
“Eight bodies of work that capture unembellished facets of American life in the past decade, from scenes of abandoned storefronts and cities ravaged by gentrification to idyllic moments of everyday life” – The Art Newspaper
With But Still, It Turns, Paul Graham curates a subtle thesis and revitalising manifesto for photography. The dynamic and diverse work gathered here advocates an unashamed, but not uncomplicated, dedication to the brilliant tangle of reality. Without being tempted by the artifice of the studio or the restrictive demands of conventional documentary, these artists tell open-ended stories that shift, warp, and branch, attuned unfailingly to life-as-it-is.