It almost goes without saying that during the so-called War on Terror, certain things went on that in retrospect should make us pretty uncomfortable. Control Orders arguably fit into this bracket, legal restrictions for suspected terrorist sympathisers who could be held in their homes without charge or trial.
A new book from photographer Edmund Clark takes on this controversial issue head-on, by focussing on a suspect – named only as CE – who has been placed under Control Order. Edmund immersed himself in this man’s life, despite warnings that anything he documented would be admissible to the state’s case against this individual.
The resulting book is a remarkable reflection of a manifestation of national paranoia, but crucially it doesn’t feel overly political – rather it uses a nicely simplistic approach to flag up the paroxysms of panic that gripped us in the inglorious decade of the 2000s. Through redacted documents relating to CE’s case and an approach to the photography which makes even the most prosaic details suddenly feel intimidating and oppressive in this context, Control Order House is a sterling achievement, an oddly unsettling impersonal documentation of one man’s struggle with the system.
Control Order House by Edmund Clark is published by Here Press and available from “the webiste”: www.herepress.org
- Get your pout on, it's Valentine's weekend, and it's the Best of the Web
- Moby Digg uses basic colours and shapes for photo exhibition identity
- From celebs to cleaners, Maxi Cohen photographs ladies’ rooms around the world
- Seoul-based illustrator Yeon Ji Kang's beautifully thick-limbed ballerinas
- Roses at the ready, our round-up of the best Valentine’s Day ideas from the creative world
- First Dates for those who create: two-thirds of Nous Vous on their special three-way relationship
- VSCO develops new typeface and a symbol-based language as part of its rebrand
- When to wake up, what to drink and how to work: “how to live like a creative” unveiled
- DesignStudio rebrands the Premier League
- Racy photography from the new issue of Odiseo
- Our round-up of last night’s Super Bowl 50 ads
- Hato’s responsive identity design for Pick Me Up 2016