Martha Rosler, In, Around and Afterthoughts (On Documentary Photography)
This is a summary of the first part of Rosler’s essay as it appears in The Contest of
Meaning, edited by Richard Bolton.
Rosler asks why documentary photographers still want to photograph the Bowery
(a skid row in New York), when it is no longer possible to justify photographing it
either in terms of helping or exposing the occupants.