“Most journalists are restless voyeurs who see the warts on the world, the imperfections in people and places. Gloom is their game, the spectacle their passion, normality their nemesis.” — Gay Talese
Some days, the journalist serves his or her calling’s highest purpose: informing the public about wartime struggles and corporate corruption, or documenting the senseless shooting death of an unarmed Florida teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
The split personality of the journalist as both careful informer and insatiable voyeur is one that has been debated at length both on air and in the public sphere. This split is now also the inspiration behind ActivistArtistA Gallery’s latest installation “Journalist/Voyeur: The Work of Jonathan Dvoretz and Michael Herb,” which opens Friday. To coincide with the Boynton Beach’s Artwalk, show curator and Gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero wanted to show the “tension between the two roles of the journalist.” So he selected two photographers to play with the idea. Michael Herb brings the more newsy part of the equation with a series called Project 365, for which Herb took one picture a day for an entire year. Many of these days included chasing down and documenting events from San Francisco to Florida. Photographer Jonathan Dvoretz, on the other hand, brings in the more playful and voyeuristic side of photography, working mostly in commercial, fashion, editorial, and advertising.
The show opens 6 p.m. Friday and continues through April with a special roundtable discussion with Palm Beach Post reporter Lona O’Connor on April 5.