An Interview with Paul Graham

“I have no problem with that. I don’t want to feign being intimate with somebody I meet 5 minutes ago.”   Interview with Richard Woodward, New York City, June 2007 RW: Let’s start with this new book, which is actually a series of books, and work backwards. How did the project originate? PG: Well, my […]

Garry Winogrand, Public Eye (1981)

Winogrand’s pictures are usually packed with astounding quantities of incident and “information,” a catchword popular among practitioners and students of street photography during the early ’70’s. By Pepe Karmel Photography critics raised on the classical elegances of Stieglitz and Cartier-Bresson still consider Garry Winogrand’s photographs haphazard snapshots, mach as 19th century academic critics saw the […]

Paul Graham – ‘The Unreasonable Apple’ (2010)

“Perhaps here we have stumbled upon a partial, but nonetheless astonishing description of the creative act at the heart of serious photography: nothing less than the measuring and folding of the cloth of time itself.” By Paul Graham This month I read a review in a leading US Art Magazine of a Jeff Wall survey […]

An Interview with Joel Meyerowitz – Creating A Sense of Place

“There is a dawning awareness that you feel good in this place. Something here makes you attentive, brings you to an awakened state. But you can’t know that beforehand.” Interview by Constance Sullivan, from Creating A Sense of Place, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990 CS: Why do you choose to photograph a particular place? Why the Cape? […]

Modern Sublime: The World of Josef Koudelka (2003)

from Gypsies, 1975 @ Josef Koudelka and Magnum Photos “I am not interested in talking about things, explaining about the whys and the hows. I do not mind showing my images, but not so much my contact sheets. I mainly work from small test prints. I often look at them, sometimes for a long time. […]

Lee Friedlander: “Just Look At It” (2005)

By Rod Slemmons Lee Friedlander was born in the logging mill town of Aberdeen, Washington in 1934. He began photographing in 1948 because of a “fascination with the equipment,” in his words. His first paid job was a Christmas card photograph of a dog for a local madam named Peggy Plus. He later attended the […]

Bill Owens – ‘Suburbia’ (2000)

  “The photographs for Suburbia weren’t done by accident. I put together a shooting script of events that I wanted to photograph… Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Birthdays, et cetera.”   By Cynthia Morrill, Ph.D. In 1972, while a news photographer for the Livermore Independent, Bill Owens made the photographs that comprise Suburbia. Initially presented […]

ASX.TV: Alec Soth – “Jeu de Paume” (2009)

Les photographies d’Alec Soth puisent leur racine dans la tradition de Walker Evans, Robert Frank et Stephen Shore. Sa représentation du quotidien fait apparaître la complexité d’une société américaine construite sur des idéaux d’indépendance, de liberté, de spiritualité, et d’individualisme.

Vaguely Stealthy Creatures: Max Kozloff on the Poetics of Street Photography (2002)

Image @ Joel Meyerowitz “Vaguely Stealthy Creatures”: Max Kozloff on the Poetics of Street Photography By Martin Patrick, Afterimage, December 22, 2002 The critic Max Kozloff frequently reminds his readers of the inherent instability of meaning within the photographic medium. In an early essay (from 1964) he considers “the aesthetic situation in photography to be […]