Photographs by Donald Weber. Text by Larry Frolick.
Schilt Publishing, 2011. 176 pp., 90 color illustrations, 6¾x9½".
After a lone trip to Chernobyl in 2005, Donald Weber soon returned to
the abandoned site of the nuclear disaster and spent the next six years
in Russia and Ukraine photographing the ruins of the unstoppable storm we call history.
Travelling and living with ordinary people who had endured much, and
survived everything, Weber began to see the modern State as a
primitive and bloody sacrificial rite of unnamed Power.
Interrogations is the result of his personal quest to uncover the hidden
meaning of the bloody 20th Century. In dialogue with writer Larry
Frolick – whose own ancestors had been decimated in the final months
of WW II – Weber insistently and provocatively addresses his questions
both to the living survivors and to the ghosts of the State’s
innumerable victims, resurrecting their final hours by taking their point
of view, and performing a kind of incantatory meditation over their
private encounters with Power.
The policemen, working girls, thugs, dissidents and hustlers who
inhabit these pages are all orphans of a secret History; the outline of
our collective fate takes shape in Weber’s epic work, expanding our
awareness of what it means to be an actor in
today’s dark opera.
Read Melanie McWhorter’s photo-eye Blog post on Interrogations here.