Interrogations is the result of a personal quest to uncover the hidden meaning of the bloody 20th Century. Weber insistently and provocatively addresses his questions both to the living survivors and to the ghosts of the State’s innumerable victims, resurrecting their final hours by taking their point of view, and performing a kind of incantatory meditation over their private encounters with power. Photo by Donald Weber
Donald Weber is the author of four photography books. Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, has garnered much acclaim: it was selected to be included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal The Photobook: A History, Volume III.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, and two World Press Photo Awards. He was also shortlisted for the Scotiabank Photography Prize.
His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions, and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide.
Photojournalism program testimonial:
I was nearly 30 years old when I realized my life as an architect hit a dead-end; I could no longer tolerate sitting behind a desk, no matter how fancy it was. I decided to drop everything and do what I always wanted to do – be a photographer. So, in May, 2000, I enrolled in the fast-track program of photojournalism at Loyalist College. This allowed a mature student to somewhat skip a few steps and proceed through the curriculum. It was an experience that allowed me to fully leave my past behind and embrace the future – what will I do, how will I get there, what kind of life will I have as a photographer? I had no idea (still don’t), but Loyalist helped in the sense I had to time reflect on what I wanted and how I need to get there. The biggest thing we need as photographers is time; time to concentrate, to reflect, to consider, and Loyalist provided that to me.