Arca for The Fader, photo editor Geordie Wood.

The NYABF is this weekend and I’m releasing my book here with fourteen-nineteen. Please stop by their table any time, or come by Saturday from 3-5 PM for a release event/signing.

I’m very grateful to my good friend and collaborator, Morgan Brill on all the design work, Alex and Lewis for all their patience and for committing to publishing this (and their help editing and doing everything else), and all the contributors, Walter Benn Michaels, Suzie Zak and Christian Patterson.

Douglas Coupland for Fantastic Man


The cover for ‘Blisner, IL’ by Daniel Shea. Still available to pre-order over on our site ( - released next month atPrinted Matter, Inc.'s NY Art Book Fair!


The cover for ‘Blisner, IL’ by Daniel Shea. Still available to pre-order over on our site ( - released next month atPrinted Matter, Inc.'s NY Art Book Fair!

Currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, in the show Phantoms in the Dirt. Up through October 5ht.


Mute Annotations.

A group exhibition Curated by Adam Kremer. Presented by V1 Gallery and Bad News at Black Bear Bar.

Works by Meg T Noe, Harry Gould Harvey IV, Daniel Shea 

Opening reception Friday September 5th 20.00 - 22.00

Bad News at Black Bear Bar, 70 N6 Street, Brooklyn NY

Hope to see you Friday :)




Michael Brown was shot in the street and his body remained in the street for 4 hours. The media descended on Ferguson, and we continued, for the most part to receive condensed morsels of coverage, conveniently packaged into digestible narratives. In effect, his body has been left in the street for 3 weeks, I see photographers I know and some I don’t sent to cover the situation, events, protest, unrest, etc, but everything makes me feel uneasy and worse. I see people post photos they took in Ferguson with their own name hash-tagged. 

I just finished making a book, that in a very general sense, critically engages with “America,” and yet I could not for the life of me comprehend how to think about what was happening in Ferguson. In a basic way, I felt sadness, rage, and confusion. And it can seem very simple, a culture that privileges me over someone else takes another causality. But beyond that, I was frustrated by my own fear of responding to a specific situation knowing that it’s a point in a web of history and cause and affect, both physical and abstract. And feeling frustrated knowing that my silence, and possibly complacency, was and is an extension of my own privilege. It’s hard to put into language what feels very much beyond language. 

I read through this article yesterday, and it resonated. Particularly:

However, I think the explanation is more complex and mirrors the silence of many people that I witness in real life. A lot of white people aren’t speaking out publicly against the killing of Michael Brown because they don’t see a space for themselves to engage meaningfully in the conversation so that they can move to action against racism. It’s not so much that they have nothing to say but rather they don’t see an opportunity being opened up for them to say something or to do something that matters. Or they might not be sure what to say or how to do it.

Let’s talk about an active role for white people in the fight against racism because racism burdens all of us and is destroying our communities. And, quite frankly, because white people have a role in undoing racism because white people created and, for the most part, currently maintain (whether they want to or not) the racist system that benefits white people to the detriment of people of color. My white friends who’ve spoken out harshly against the murder of Michael Brown end with a similar refrain: What can I do that will matter in the fight against racism?

White people who are sick and tired of racism should work hard to become white allies.

Inevitably, the media will slowly pack up and leave, and a lot of people will forget what happened in Ferguson. White people will (subconsciously) breath a sigh of relief, allowed to go back to their news without a daily reminder of the brutal realities of racism in America, until the next “thing” happens. As white folks, we have a responsibility to try and understand the events around Ferguson with more precision and complexity. We need to examine racism around us and engage in conversations about it. 

A question to you all - what are good articles and resources you’ve come across in the past 3 weeks? I’m specifically interested in reading about the media’s response to the events that unfolded and their shaping of the narrative. I’m in the early stages of talking to a major publication about sponsorship of a long term project in Ferguson, and I’d like the work to be collaborative, democratic, un-authored, and radical in its commitment to unpacking racism in 2014. But I’m also highly suspicious of myself, what the work might look like, the publication, its syndication,etc. I’m not entirely sure that’s the most effective place for me to work or attempt to contribute. We have a lot of work to do, and I know it’s important to be critical of the mechanisms of response, not just the underlying systems of oppression.


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Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet

1. Join a peaceful protest.

They’re happening all around the country tonight, including at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, around 7 p.m. Eastern. 

2. Recognize that Michael Brown’s death was not an isolated incident.

In 2012, more than 300 black people were executed by police, security guards, or vigilantes. In the last month, three other unarmed African-American men—Eric Garner in New York, John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles—have been killed by police. Those are the ones we know about.

3. Stop saying “This can’t be happening in America.”

I understand the impulse, I really do. But that impulse only comes to those who are insulated and isolated from how America treats poor people and people of color every day. Langston Hughes wrote “America never was America to me” in 1935. If you didn’t quite understand that poem in your junior high or high-school lit classes, read it again, while you think about what’s happening in Ferguson. Let it sink in.

4. STFU about looting.

And call out your friends and family members who won’t. It’s been five days since Michael Brown was murdered. On one of those days, some furious, grieving citizens caused some property damage. Nine have been arrested. Every other day since then, police with more gear than American soldiers going into battle have been occupying the neighborhood where Brown died, attacking peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets. They’ve tear-gassed a state senator and Al-Jazeera reporters, and arrested an alderman. They’ve demanded that reporters leave the area and arrested two who didn’t move fast enough. “Disproportionate” doesn’t begin to describe it. If you look at all that and still think it’s important to talk about looting for “balance,” you should know that you sound like a racist asshole.

5. Look Around You.

If you live in an urban environment, you’re in a position to bear witness and document inappropriate and abusive police behavior. If you see an African-American neighbor being detained by police, wait to see what happens. Get your phone out. Download the ACLU’s “Police Tape” app, and if you see something that looks off, take a video that will upload directly to their servers, in case your phone is confiscated. Whatever police may tell you, this is your legal right.

6. Make a donation to a civil rights organization like the Southern Poverty Law Center or the ACLU.

7. Educate yourself about the systematic inequality that leads to civil unrest.

The St. Louis American ran a powerful editorial today that fleshes out the history of Ferguson. When you finish reading that, go somewhere quiet for a bit and settle down with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations.” Don’t stop there.

8. Put pressure on your elected representatives.

Institutional abuse of African-American citizens is happening all over the country, and it demands a federal response. Talk to your senators and congresspeople about enacting policies to protect citizens from their protectors. While you’re at it, maybe suggest they work to limit the amount of military weaponry police can inherit from the armed forces.

9. Listen to your African-American friends when they try to tell you why this hurts.

If you don’t have any African-American friends, you might want to think about why that is.

10. Okay, go ahead and tweet.

And Facebook. Tumblr. Instagram. Vine. Amplify the voices of people on the ground, and help counteract the damaging narratives being propagated by some mainstream media organizations. It’s the very least we can do.

Written by Kate Harding

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