Andrew Cowen

20 May


I’ve never been to Adelaide, so I’m hardly an authority to speak on the merits or otherwise of this town.  My image is of a boring, isolated outpost whose inhabitants are so bored they spend their time killing people and storing them in acid below a disused bank vault.  And I’m not alone in thinking it’s a terrifying place: apparently it’s  the murder capital of the world.

Photographer Andrew Cowen was raised in Adelaide during a time where child snatching, incest and mass murders were a dime a dozen.  Now an adult, his psyche is still scarred by crimes that even a hardened judge described as “wicked beyond belief”.  So he set out to document these innocent, simple buildings where the most heinous of crimes took place.

In a way, Cowen’s photography restores justice to these locations.  But his photographs appear so banal and uninteresting that they still disturb – just like Adelaide really.  More here.




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Posted by on May 20, 2009 in looking, photography


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