Bruce Haley - Sunder teaser

Carl Licata

Featuring commentary by Andrei Codrescu and Bruce Haley, this multimedia teaser provides a sampling of work from the just-released monograph Sunder. Produced between 1994 and 2002, the images in SUNDER sweep the viewer along on a far-reaching journey through numerous former USSR and Iron Curtain countries, stopping at landscapes of ruin and moments of grace in equal measure. Haley's explorations were intuitive, responding to a deep curiosity to taste the last drops of the would-be Utopian ideology that dominated global politics during the first thirty years of his life. Using black and white film, the notion of remnants and transition would sustain Haley's photographic investigation for some eight years. The resulting images present a stark perspective of the collapse of the communist empire. Haleys photographs are bleak and brimming with the realism that only a photographer as seasoned as he could achieve. Given the contrast with Haleys conflict-based coverage, which was dominated by lush color imagery depicting the most horrific acts of violence imaginable, it seems as though this personal project is as much a portrait of the photographer himself as it is an invaluable historical archive. Co-published with Charta Editions. 144 pages 55 black + white photographs Introduction by Kirsten Rian Foreword by Dina and Clint Eastwood Essay by Andrei Codrescu