Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Post 10: Interested in death and amputees

Witkin claims that the death of a little girl has played a small factor in his influence. At a young age, he witnessed a car accident where a little girl became decapitated. The head of the girl rolled to Witkin’s feet by the curb. Just as he was about to touch it, to speak to it, someone snatched it away.

Claiming to see a car accident when Witkin was a child would be pretty likely, but claiming to witness a car accident where he saw the head of a decapitated girl roll to his feet is pretty unlikely. Come on now. Think about it. In every online article, in every book, it talks about the car accident and how that plays an influence on his photography work. Is he just saying that to shock people, and to add to his mystery? There is only one person who will ever know the answer to that question, and that is the master himself.

Witkin, why don’t you come out of the closet already, okay? Tell us what really influenced you. I want to know.


  1. Will you be elaborating on these "question" entries?

    I DO like that you're documenting questions, which are often a great way to help you organize your final article.

    And interesting questions!

  2. Yes, I will be elaborating on the "question" entries.

  3. So interesting! I love that you're speculating here regarding Witkin's childhood story.

  4. I agree with you that it is unlikely the story happened the way he tells it. I think there has to be some level of fabrication, his origin story of some sorts. But maybe it is true? Everyone has a moment where their eyes are open to the way the world works, maybe that was his? It's hard to imagine experiencing something like that when your so young, but it'd be eyeopening for how sudden and equal opportunistic death can be. A story like that doesn't glamourize death, but makes it dirty and uncouth which is fairly accurate.