My self generated project on U.S. politics which started in 1954 had slowly run out of steam by 1960..or maybe I had run out of steam. I decided not to go on the road to shoot the political circus. It didn’t add up – serious national business turning into show business. I couldn’t stop cold turkey, so when I decided to watch the Nixon – Kennedy TV Debate I set up a tripod in front of my b/w television set and “documented” the event. What happened when I caught a Camera 1 to Camera 3 crossover was a surprise graphically and for what it said about the political process.
My debate photographs became part of my “Still Movies” project which was first exhibited at Art 45 in Montreal in the early 1980’s. This work has been in many exhibitions and is now in the permanent collection of Musee D’Art Contemporain de Montreal and the private collections of Jurg Schaub of Basle and Lawrence K. Grossman of New York.
I am preparing a list of existing prints which are for sale. Contact me in this regard at: george.zimbel @ primus.ca
More important, watch the upcoming tv debates in the U.S. and Canada with the wise eyes of someone who is seriously interested in the world.