The New Yorker


Nov 15, 2005

This new gallery opens with an ambitious and savvy show of more than fifty pictures by the nine established photojournalists who make up the four-year-old agency of the same name. Some of the work (James Nachtwey’s closeup of a man in Rwanda with four slash wounds across his face, Ron Haviv’s shot of a Serbian militiaman kicking a fallen woman in the head) is already quite famous, but much of it is unfamiliar and strikingly wide-ranging. Antonin Kratochvil’s horrifying image of a murdered man in Haiti, his head skinned raw, would seem to have little in common with the poetic allusiveness of Joachim Ladefoged’s pictures from Albania except a deep understanding of the art of reportorial engagement.