"A Desire to End These Things" - Ronald E. Ostman and Berkley Hudson - Visual Communication Quarterly

"A Desire to End These Things" - Ronald E. Ostman and Berkley Hudson - Visual Communication Quarterly

An Analytical History of John L. Spivak's Photographic Portrayal of 1930s Georgia Chain Gangs

by: Ronald E. Ostman, Berkley Hudson | publication date: October 1, 2009 | Publication: Visual Communication Quarterly | volume: 16 | journal issue: 4 | pages: pp. 191-209

"As investigative journalist and photographer John L. Spivak rode in a taxi from the train station for his first visit to a Georgia convict camp, he could see a prisoner undergo torture. . .With a Kodak dangling from a strap around his neck and with pockets 'filled with roles of film,' Spivak exited the taxi. Straightaway, he took pictures without permission. Then, a guard pointed a shotgun at Spivak. After an angry exchange, Spivak handed him an introductory letter from Gerogia's prison commissioner. . ."

Copyrighted, used with permission of Taylor & Francis.