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An-My Lê


AN-MY LÊ, Untitled, Mekong Delta, Viêt Nam, 1994, silver gelatin print, 36 × 46 cm. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.

Part of the baggage we bring to photography, compared to other media like painting or sculpture, derives from the fact that photography seems to occupy a higher moral register than other representational media in its putative ability to objectively “tell the truth.” Vietnamese-American artist An- My Lê astutely recognizes the expectations we bring to bear on photography and, accordingly, constructs photographs that are not exactly what they seem…

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