Through the years, I’ve been drawn to photograph barbed wire. It’s just one of those materials that is graphically and visually alluring, despite its grim purpose. Barbed wire has, in the words of Alan Krell, author of The Devil’s Rope, “an aesthetic character, a caligraphic character, if, for one moment you can forget about all these other uses for barbed wire and just look at its shapes.” Krell was interviewed by producer Katie Mingle for Episode 157, which inspired me to round up some of my photographs of the “devil’s rope.”
Kate Joyce is a Chicago based artist, architectural photographer, and the first image correspondent for 99% Invisible. Every two weeks, Joyce will release new and original work for specific episodes. She’ll also comb through her archive to find previously made photographs that are already in thematic conversation with current and past episodes. “I’m curious to see how audio will shape image and image will shape audio and what that will mean to telling stories about design over time,” Joyce says.
Now You See It is a photography project of 99% Invisible. We’d like to create a public dialogue by offering our listeners a new way to interact with our show, as well as their own immediate environment. The project includes the Image Correspondent Residency with Kate Joyce, and ongoing photo assignments for listeners.
We want to see what you hear! Submit your images to our Flickr Group, or email them to [email protected] or put them on Instagram with the hashtag #99PI. We’ll be curating and presenting our favorites on our Instagram and Tumblr.