Brian De Palma

  • Taryn Simon, Excerpt from Chapter VI, 2011, color photographs and text. From the series “A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII,” 2011.

    BLOW-UP:

    THRILLERS ALWAYS COME WITH A STORY, their edge-of-your-seat sensation inseparable from cinematic plot. But what if the thrill came from the image alone? Both the photography of TARYN SIMON and the films of BRIAN DE PALMA pose singular pictures that instigate just this kind of suspense—a suspense that transpires in isolation, a vision disconnected, however momentarily, from narrative anticipation. Indeed, the pair collaborated in 2007 on De Palma’s film Redacted, producing a photograph that provided the last shot of the film and subsequently took on a life all its own. Invited to reunite