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Tuesday
Aug072018

Sign language

I stumbled across this via Twitter yesterday.

'Smoke' is (or was) a "nomadic and unfinished exhibition" by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hornback.

"I do not smoke, but a cigarette in someone's mouth is a sign of pleasure and it is always nice to capture that moment," he said.

I find that sentiment rather refreshing.

Hornback's work - exhibited in Bilbao in 2017 – reminded me of a similar collection by our own Dan Donovan.

Shortly before the introduction of the smoking ban in England in 2007 Dan created a gallery of photographs he called '90 Smokers'.

Like Hornback's collection it featured people – like the lady below – who enjoyed smoking and weren't afraid to show it.

Discussing, or depicting, the pleasure of smoking is increasingly taboo these days so anything that challenges the modern orthodoxy is very welcome.

Perhaps we should consider a similar exhibition in the UK.

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Reader Comments (2)

The antismokers keep trying to hide smoking and smokers to create the perception that their crusade is working. That charade includes restricting and removing dissenting comments and opinions from news articles (propaganda) and censoring images of smokers to promote the denormalisation farce. Smoking is normal and the numbers of smokers are larger than the tobacco control claims. By all means an exhibition of smokers in photos and art is an excellent idea. Such an exhibition of artistic and human freedom should be accompanied by a smoking area with refreshments and a chance to remind each other that smoking is normal and prohibition and censorship is not.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 19:15 | Unregistered CommenterVinny Gracchus

Thank you Simon for using this pict of me and to Dan for taking it.
I know I Am good looking at 56 . when I smoke I get the pleasure of it and my horra is shining clear and loud..I cannot stand the fake and mislade infosss spead around the word and more of it that people infact belive on it by not using there commun sense...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 15:13 | Unregistered CommenterFrederique

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