Thomas Galler – Palm Trees, Sunsets, Turmoil
Thomas Galler’s "Palm Trees, Sunsets, Turmoil" is a series of photographs collected from various online platforms such as Flickr, Panoramio and Photobucket. They show familiar, clichéd sunset scenes; idyllic settings featuring beaches, palm trees and shimmering seas. But this semblance is deceptive. The images don’t stem from dream holiday destinations, but from the military occupation of Iraq (2003–2011) and the war in Afghanistan (from 2001). Taken by soldiers of the occupying armies, reporters and Iraqi and Afghani collaborators, they were published online via private accounts. In refraining from explicitly showing the conflict in the images, Thomas Galler’s series challenges us to look beyond the boundaries of the visible. Today, images that appear beautiful and innocent should be viewed with suspicion: turmoil doesn’t just provide the background to Galler’s Palm Trees and Sunsets, it forms the necessary condition for any critical consideration of photographic images.
Softcover, 160 x 207, 960 pages, 945 images