In 2010, film music supervisor and nightclub impresario Amanda Demme took up photography on a whim. Five years later, one of the L.A.-based photographer’s most expansive assignments comes to fruition in the July 27-Aug. 9 issue of New York magazine, with text by Noreen Malone.
From the assignment notes:
New York interviewed and photographed 35 of the 46 women who have come forward publicly to accuse Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault, offering the most comprehensive account of their stories to date, in a project that began six months ago. This powerful story – told in testimony, video and a stunning photo portfolio – presents a record of trauma and survival, the memories that remain of the decades-old incidents. All 35 women were interviewed separately, and yet their stories have remarkable similarities, in everything from their descriptions of the incidents to the way they felt in the aftermath. There are dossiers for each of their stories, along with videos of six of the women.
Those “remarkable similarities” are visually underscored by Demme and New York’s identical framing on the cover of each accuser: seated, arms extended, eyes locked. The decision to go with black and white, and the empty chair representing Andrea Constand and-or other unseen past and future accusers, are clever and tasteful touches.
The New York magazine cover story comes on the heels of the New York Times obtaining Cosby’s 2005-2006 deposition in the Constand case and stands as the most significant magazine piece directly related to the accusations since Beverly Johnson’s Vanity Fair essay late last year.
[Image courtesy: New York magazine]