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Sunday, 21 October 2007


What a heart breaking story! Words were certainly not needed to tell this one.

Powerful work; it reminds me a lot of Gene Richards. Like a car picking up speed, going faster and faster, then abruptly and inevitably smashing into a stone wall; you feel as though you knew the victims.

Powerful and moving piece of work. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

This year, I witnessed my mom die of cancer. I didn't have the heart or the courage to capture it. My mom eschewed treatment, and her last week, after the family disappeared, it was just me and her. I admire Ralf Brunner. He's a photographer. I'm not.

Clicking the link to Ralf Brunner's 58-photograph story takes me to a Russian site ("fishki.net") and places a HTML file in my browser's cache which my virus scanner classifies as bogus.

I'd rather not follow that link ...

-- Olaf

Sad. Tragic. Well done.

Very strong, impressive and emotionally charged work. Yet another example that mere pixel peeping doesn't relay the message...

Great work! Any one know what the captions say? Is this documentation of a real event or brilliant storytelling?

The correct link:


ufff, I am without words too...

This my Father's story - nine pictures, one month - but a whole lifetime, Abba Richman

Olaf, check to see if your antivirus program detected the "virus" by heuristic means - in other words just "virus like" html. In such cases you often get a false warning.

Cheers, Robin

or you could go directly on his page, he even has comments on each frame: http://www.ralfbrunner.com/ralfbrunner_website/pages/aids1.html

Brunner presents a very compeling set of images. Although I wanted to turn away from the inevitable conclusion, it was impossible to ignore the individual photos and was dragged along to the next.

It was refreshing to see photography unplugged; freed from the typical discussion of gear, the rule of thirds and printers.

A discussion of Brunner's style? Perhaps another time.

This is [expletive deleted —MJ]. This is not art.

Ivan it may or may not be art, but it is life.

Brunner has captured the tragedy, futility, and finality of a man's life in an incredibly empathetic and dignified way without having to be judgemental and/or cloyingly sentimental.

German-reading readers may see that the original website is displaying captions (and, btw, that the original first picture is the second one of the russian site, the one playing with kids is #10 a bit after the first depressive ones - just a detail).

But Mike is right, that's basically a story without words - and what a moving one! Thanks for the link Mike.

Take care of yourselves!

What's impressive about this work of photojournalism is that after viewing it I had no questions that needed to be answered. The story is contained in the images. That's outstanding.

Am I alone in feeling that while some of these images are engaging and well constructed in and of themselves, as a narrative they are relatively heavy handed and without subtlety?

I was reminded a little bit of La Jetee (available in full on Google video, download it), and I really enjoy that film.

I am a father of two kids. I am not very sentimental. I cried. Maybe I shouldn't have looked at the photos - it's too strong...

Golly. Words just don't come after seeing that.

Mike, thanks for posting that.

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