Walker Evans – The Poetry of Plain Seeing (2000)

“While Evans gave much effort to photographing poor people, their houses, rooms and the things they made, it is far from clear that poverty is the point of his best pictures.”   By Leo Rubinfien, originally published in Art in America, December 2000 A traveling retrospective (2000) prompts the author to recall the austere formalist–and […]

MARGUERITE BAKER JOHNSON: “AMERICAN LIFE” (1952-1964)

Marguerite Baker Johnson, a native of Brussels Belgium was a noted female photographer noted as the first woman to take photographs inside the arena at “Cheyenne Frontier Days”, a task formerly conducted by men due to the dangerous setting. Her photos appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Automotive Periodicals, London Times, Daily Mirror, […]

Camboia Genocide – Memories from Tuol Sleng Prison

  The four-year reign of the Khmer Rouge (1975-9) took more than a million lives-10 percent of the Cambodian population, dead from disease, starvation and murder.   Cambodia Genocide: Memories From Tuol Sleng Prison By Peter Maguire, Columbia University Tuol Svay Pray High School sits on a dusty road on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, […]

William Gedney: Journal Entries on Kentucky, Sex and Diane Arbus

  “There are two ways of looking at a thing. Either you feel that a thing must be perfect before you present it to the public, or you are willing to let it go out even knowing that it is not perfect, because you are striving for something even beyond what you have achieved, but […]

August Sander: “A Profile of the People” (2002)

Young Farmers, 1914 By Hans-Michael Koetzle In 1910, August Sander began a systematic attempt to portray and typologize his fellow countrymen. The project, undertaken wholly at his own initiative and expense, found support only among his painter friends in the Rhineland area of Germany. His book Antlitz der Zeit was outlawed and partially destroyed by […]

Bruce Gilden – “Fort Myers”

In September of 2008, Bruce Gilden began a project that set out to document foreclosures in America. Beginning in Fort Myers, Florida — the foreclosure capital of the East Coast — Gilden, with his knack for shining both a literal and figurative light on the forgotten, set out to capture the fallout of the subprime […]

An Interview with Walker Evans (1971)

  Interview with Walker Evans Conducted by Paul Cummings in Connecticut, October 13, 1971 In New York City, December 23, 1971 PAUL CUMMINGS: It’s October 13, 1971 – Paul Cummings talking to Walker Evans at his home in Connecticut with all the beautiful trees and leaves around today. It’s gorgeous here. You were born in […]

A Conversation with Christopher Anderson (2012)

From ‘Son’ by Christopher Anderson Why show it ? Interview with Christopher Anderson By Baptiste Lignel, December 2, 2012, Paris Baptiste Lignel- You seem to have a dilemma about your project “Son”… Cristopher Anderson – I’m constantly conflicted and still conflicted about showing pictures of my son at all, that maybe later he will resent. […]

MIKE DISFARMER: “Disfarmer Rediscovered”

Disfarmer Rediscovered By Michael P. Mattis, from the book Disfarmer, The Vintage Prints The legend of Mike Disfarmer has intrigued the photographic community for nearly thirty years. The bizarre story of a hermit-like Arkansas studio photographer named Mike Meyer legally changing his name to Disfarmer in order to disassociate him- self not only from his […]