SUSIE LINFIELD: An Excerpt from ‘The Cruel Radiance, Photography and Political Violence’ (2010)

Eddie Adams, Saigon Execution, Vietnam, 1968 A Little History of Photography Criticism; or, Why Do Photography Critics Hate Photography? (An excerpt from The Cruel Radiance, Photography and Political Violence) By Susie Linfield In 1846, Charles Baudelaire wrote a short essay called “What Is the Good of Criticism?” This is something that virtually every critic asks […]

Mark Rice – Through the Lens of the City: NEA Photography Surveys of the 1970s (2005)

Untitled, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, Max Yavno, 1979-1980 “Through the Lens of the City: NEA Photography Surveys of the 1970s” By Mark Rice CHAPTER FOUR: Bringing It All Together: The Four Surveys of Greater L.A. (Excerpt) The Los Angeles Documentary Project was one of the most ambitious of all the photography surveys supported […]

An Interview with Marion Post Wolcott (1965)

“I think that most people feel, or felt at that time, that it was a man’s field and that a man would just automatically do a better job and be better equipped to do it.”   By Richard Doud, Oral history interview with Marion Post Wolcott, January 18, 1965 RICHARD DOUD: This is an interview […]

Back To The Past – Eugene Atget (2001)

Zoniers, Porte de Choisy, 1913 By Stephen Longmire, Afterimage, May 2001 It has been 20 years, amazingly enough, since New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) launched its landmark cycle of exhibitions of the work of French photographer Eugene Atget (1857-1927), who spent his last 30 years documenting the architectural record of Paris and […]

A Conversation with Richard Prince (1992)

Untitled Cowboy  “One of the reasons I could give myself permission was that no one was looking. I didn’t even have the idea of an audience, I had no notions about showing the work, it was essentially for myself and my friends.”   A Conversation with Richard Prince This interview is excerpted from a public […]

ASX.TV: Roy Lichtenstein – “A Documentary” (1992)

Roy Lichtenstein’s early appropriation of the aesthetics of American popular culture made him integral to the development of Pop art. A student of the work of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Paul Klee, Lichtenstein incorporated elements of contemporary art theory and popular print media into his painting. In 1961 he began to replicate the Benday […]

William Eggleston: ‘Draft of a Presentation’ (2003)

It’s hard for me to describe the fascination that William Eggleston’s photographs exert on me.   William Eggleston: Draft of a Presentation By Thomas Weski It’s hard for me to describe the fascination that William Eggleston’s photographs exert on me. More than twenty years ago, I bought William Eggleston’s Guide, the catalogue of his solo […]

Elad Lassry – “Superficiality and Superexcresence” (2009)

Red Cross, 2008 Los Angeles: Otis College of Art and Design, 2009, pp. 72-75 Elad Lassry approaches photography as if it is intangible, assuming that when broken into parts, the medium can productively turn in on itself. Lassry brings curiosity and intellect to “looking” and to the appropriation of existing images, displaying an unusually subtle […]