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Traffik Hardcover – October 25, 2008
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And so, the photographer's art has a range: from the fantasy of the pages of Playboy or Glamor magazines, to those untouched images in black and white that somehow appear more real than the colors of real life. Perhaps the contrasts of light and dark invoke what is hidden more precisely than color.
"Traffik" by fashion and art photographer Norman Jean Roy (he calls himself a "documentary portrait" photographer) is his most profound work.
This is a painful book to view. While Roy is honest and objective, and follows the high calling of journalistic photography, the subject matter rends the hearts of any decent person who has the strength to view this book.
Page after page are photographs of sex slaves.
The womens' eyes range from dead to abject fear, to fatalistic resignation, to shadows and flames of memories of horrors unimaginable. These tragic subjects will never look at the most intimate act that brings forth life in the same way again: for now it has been replaced with only memories that it is violence, that she is discarded, that her life and all life is valueless against the price of lust. And it is all she has to look forward to after the photographer is gone. A client may be the next face she sees.Read more ›
Another review gave this book only one star due to the lack of detailed text in the book. That reviewer is correct since the book is composed entirely of photographs, and does not have accompanying text. The last two or three pages provide a brief paragraph describing the specific conditions of each person photographed, but the descriptions are not in-depth. This book could be greatly enhanced if a second edition was published that included a significant amount of text describing the history and current state of traffiking world wide.
The lack of text does not diminish this book as being a significant documentary work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the issue of traffiking. Five stars.