Posted on March 27, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi
Sometimes it’s hard describing a feeling we can have while staring at images. It’s a captivating and personal moment, a second of brain thundering. It’s hard to describe Darcy Padilla’s photography. Many are the reasons. First of all, her photography is real. In terms of harsh, cruel, hypnotic, sharp, sublime. I once had the chance to stare at her pictures and feel disturbed in a positive way. Her projects are a one way ticket to phatos, to teardrops, to the core of life, welfare, poverty, diseases. Padilla is a photojournalist and documentary photographer living in San Francisco, California. Altrough her career she has achieved many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award, the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant, the Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship, the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, and a previous World Press Photo award, in 2011. What made her famous is actually her best-known project, The Julie Project, the epic story of the life and death of a woman, named Julie. The project spanned for 18 years, starting with a chance encounter and providing an in-depth look at poverty, Aids, and social issues affecting American society. It’s a pleasure to introduce her photography on The Harlow and I really invite all the readers to discover and feel with her photography. It’s a sane meal for thought.