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On assignment, Simon Roberts met Priscilla Dzengwe, a rape victim and AIDs patient dying in a clinic in Zimbabwe.  During their talk, a group of her friends arrived and began singing.  “The girls, including Priscilla, began to cry as they sang. For the first time in my career”, writes Roberts, “I felt physically unable to take a photograph.”

 Photographs Not Taken is an unillustrated collection of essays by photographers about the pictures they were unable to take.  Each image-maker was asked to describe the circumstances surrounding “moments that never became pictures.”  Their responses include stories of technical difficulties, missed opportunities and ethical dilemmas.  

While the book is centered on the idea of the lost moment, it contains accounts, like Simon Roberts’s, wherein the choice to photograph would have meant loosing the moment. 

Photographs Not Taken was conceived and edited by Will Steacy, and published by Daylight, March, 2012.  The 5 ½ x 8 inch, 232 page, paperback features contributions  by sixty two photographers: Dave Anderfson, Timothy Archibald, Roger Ballen, Thomas Bangsted, Juliana Beasley, Nina Berman, Elinor Carucci, Kelli Connell, Paul D’Amato, Tim Davis, KayLynn Deveney, Doug Dubois, Rian Dundon, Amy Elkins, Jim Goldberg, Emmet Gowin, Gregory Halpern, Tim Hetherington, Todd Hido, Rob Hornstra, Eirik Johnson, Chris Jordan, Nadav Kander, Ed Kashi, Misty Keasler, Lisa Kereszi, Erika Larsen, Shane Lavalette, Deana Lawson, Joshua Lutz, David Maisel, Mary Ellen Mark, Laura McPhee, Michael Meads, Andrew Moore, Richard Mosse, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Laurel Nakadate, Ed Panar, Christian Patterson, Andrew Phelps, Sylvia Plachy, Mark Power, Peter Riesett, Simon Roberts, Joseph Rodriguez, Stefan Ruiz, Matt Salacuse, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Aaron Schuman, Jamel Shabazz, Alec Soth, Amy Stein, Mark Steinmetz, Joni Sternbach, Hank Willis Thomas, Brian Ulrich, Peter Van Agtmael, Massimo Vitali, Hiroshi Watanabe, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb


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