Taryn Simon. Photograph by Antonio Zazueta Olmos.
Eleanor Wachtel, host of Writers & Company, speaks with Taryn Simon
whose art mixes camera-work, writing and graphic design to raise
questions about truth and certainty. Born and raised in Long Island, New
York, and in her mid-30s, her breakout work looked at American men
freed from death row. After 9/11, Taryn Simon began to investigate
secret or hidden sites in the United States. Her biggest success to date
is called A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters - a
huge work, it took four years to produce and involved travelling around
the world to photograph very deliberately chosen lines of blood
relatives. The book version won first prize at the prestigious Arles
Photography festival in 2011.