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20 / Newspaper Series / 1999
01 / South Africa Rape / 1999
02 / Jesus Christ / 1999
03 / Dolly The Sheep / 1999
04 / Dinosaur Egg / 1999
05 / Massacre / 1999
06 / Cambodian Victim / 1999
07 / Amoebas / 1999
08 / She Always Knew / 1999
09 / Mass Murderer / 1999
10 / v.Gogh in Blue / 1999
11 / Protesters / 1999
12 / Pamela Andersen / 1999
13 / Japanese Businessmen / 1999
14 / Clark Gable / 1999
15 / Oil Bird / 2002
16 / Michael Jackson / 2002
17 / Nude protesters / 2002
18 / Children's book / 2002

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Newspaper Series by Jean Ruiter


Newspaper Series
This series is about miss-interpretation of what we think we see by reading the given text.
This phenomenon struck me once in Laos where I was reading (1982) the public News Paper Wall and was confronted by a picture I saw earlier that week in Bangkok in the Int. Herald Tribune.
That photograph at that News Paper Wall, a demonstration of fighterjets at a commercial and public Air Fair at Orly in France, was captured by the 'changed story', "Western Allies Preparing War to the Lao People".
Bystanders who were translating for me start angrily asking what this was all about. My explanation, that it was an air show was totally ignored and taken as a lie.
The text made the true photograph I all of a sudden realize and I was shocked that the truth in a photograph doesn't exist, even without the digital manipulations we can make.
In this series I have taken press-pictures from newspapers and changed the image instead of the text. I than realized that we try to 'understand' and interpret the image, even if the image is totally non-related, i.e; is fabricated by paint.
In other words: Can we trust our 'objective' brain ?
How much and how many times a day are we mis-informed by our prejudice?

Jean Ruiter
Vientiane/Nong Kai
1999