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The Slow Interview with photographer Eliot Dudik
Eliot Dudik talks about his acclaimed project ‘Broken Land’ and its relationship with the deep divides in contemporary politics and culture in the United States.
Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, landscape, memory, and politics. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art.
Steve Coleman is an Australian landscape photographer and was the creative director of one of Australia’s most successful design agencies for over 25 years.
Most interviews are done by phone or such like, and the interviewee has little time to think in-depth about each question. I chose to interview Eliot Dudik by e-mail, over a number of weeks, giving him the time to offer us some considered thoughts about his acclaimed project ‘Broken Land' and what informs his vision.
In 2012, Eliot was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art.
In preparation for my interview with photographer Eliot Dudik, I reread Abraham Lincoln’s ‘House Divided Speech’. Here’s a small excerpt; "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided."
The speech, given a few years before Lincoln became President, was a prophetic warning that all was not well in his world. Of the speech, he later said; "I wanted to use some ... simple language... that it may strike home to the minds of men in order to rouse them to the peril of the times." I look now at the divisions and stresses we face in our own world; political partisanship, religious intolerance, radicalised faiths, widening gaps between rich and poor, broken economies, mega corporations and changing balances of global powers.