Taryn Simon uses photography to articulate unasked questions of history and society. In November 2011, Ms. Simon gave a TED Talk, “The Stories behind Bloodlines.” Her art work hangs at the Tate Gallery in London.
Using a large format camera, Ms. Simon took portraits of individual members of families who live in different parts of the world. Each family has a story to tell. Each individual is backed by a stark white background and sits unsmiling, looking into the eyes of the audience. One family suffered from the losses caused by the massacre in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war. Two sets of families are involved in a family feud in Brazil. One set of photos are composed of the descendants of an adviser to Hitler.
Ms. Simon said, “Archives exist because there’s something that can’t necessarily be articulated. Something is said in the gaps between all the information.”