I was able to spend last Saturday with my son, Aaron. We went to the new SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). What a fantastic place. After dining on the cafeteria there we visited the Photography Gallery. On display were photos from all over the United States. Two of the displays were particularly interesting. One was where the photographer had printed the photographs and returned to the subjects and asked them to comment on the what they were thinking about in the scene. The subjects were diverse – from kids to an old couple. Most were poor and the comments were about their condition. One man with AIDS expressed the sorrow of his loneliness. The unique thing about this exhibit was that the photographer abandoned the tradition of photographers letting the images of the subjects speak for themselves and instead let the subjects add their own words to the scenes.
A Day with Aaron