William Eggleston: Preface from Election Eve (1977)

On the eve of the election, when nothing had yet been decided, when everything–whatever that everything was–hung in the balance, Eggleston made an elegy…a statement of perfect calm. Preface from Election Eve By Lloyd Fonvielle William Eggleston made these photographs in and around Plains, Georgia –and along the route of his journey there from Mississippi–on […]

Walker Evans and Robert Frank – An Essay on Influence by Tod Papageorge (1981)

 The purpose of this (text) is to describe the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs (1938) on The Americans (1959) of Robert Frank. By Tod Papageorge The purpose of this monograph is to describe the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs (1938) on The Americans (1959) of Robert Frank. To do this, the photographs in […]

William Eggleston, Mystagogue (1999)

 Do we care for anything but mystery? And does anything matter more than its apprehension? William Eggleston, Mystagogue, From 2 and 1/4. 1999. By Bruce Wagner Do we care for anything but mystery? And does anything matter more than its apprehension? During our days, we try so hard to find and hold it; at night, […]

One Life – Several Landscapes: An Appreciation of Robert Adams (1996)

As I have considered it over the years, the work has always seemed a sustaining and challenging mix of beauty, hope, despair, anger and love.   By Peter Brown, Originally published in SPOT, Spring 1996 “Over the years I have come to believe… that we live in several landscapes at once, among them the landscape […]

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 […]

Richard Avedon: Avedon’s Endgame (2002)

Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper, Davis, California, May 9, 1981 Initially drawn to actors, Avedon also sought out people with a highly cultivated sense of themselves as characters—subjects who could collaborate with him in the creation of an impromptu performance. By Maria Morris Hambourg and Mia Fineman Essay from the exhibition publication, Richard Avedon: Portraits (Harry N. […]

An Uncommon Interview with Stephen Shore (2007)

Stephen Shore is a prominent photographer and photographic educator. A pioneer in the field of color photography, Shore has published numerous books of photography, included his seminal book, Uncommon Places, published in 1982 (reissued in 2004).

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 […]

Introduction to William Eggleston’s Guide (1976)

Sumner, Mississippi, Cassidy Bayou in background By John Szarkowski At this writing I have not yet visited Memphis, or northern Mississippi, and thus have no basis for judging how closely the photographs in this book might seem to resemble that part of the world and the life that is lived there. I have, however, visited […]