“Breakdown in the Gray Room: The Images from Abu Ghraib”
David Levi Strauss is a writer and critic in New York, where his essays and reviews appear regularly in Artforum and Aperture.
During the first two and a half years after 9/11, the Bush administration proved to be highly skilled in the production, manipulation, and control of public images, and was especially effective in controlling images of the war in Iraq. This changed abruptly on April 28th, 2004 when the Abu Ghraib images first appeared in public. Why did these images have such an immediate and profound effect? David Levi Strauss examined these images closely, in the context of other recent and historical public images, to try to determine their meaning and understand their effects.