Jean-Christian Bourcart: “Camden” (2008)

This is absurd. I just searched the Web for the most dangerous city in the United States. By Jean-Christian Bourcart This is absurd. I just searched the Web for the most dangerous city in the United States. I wanted to rediscover that strange energy you feel in places where social rules and constraints have been weakened […]

Biography and Early Career of Eugene Atget (2006)

Text Excerpt from The early photographic work of Eugene Atget: 1892 – 1902 By Eun Young Jeong, Michigan State University Very little is known about Atget’s early life. He kept no diary or other personal records. The information that has been published has become somewhat mythological due to a lack of primary source material. The […]

Roswell Angier on Larry Sultan ‘Pictures from Home’

Imagine the difficulty of undertaking a portrait project with your own parents as subjects, in which the exercise of critical awareness, and compassion alike, become part of the collaborative enterprise. Excerpt from “Train Your Gaze: A Practical and Theoretical Introduction to Portrait Photography” (2006) By Roswell Angier Imagine the difficulty of undertaking a portrait project […]

Bill Brandt – ‘Don’t Smile – You Look Stupid’ (2004)

Francis Bacon, 1963   “When you take someone smiling,” he explained to his niece, “they look stupid.”   By Sebastian Smee, March 22, 2004 Taking celebrity portraits involves making a crucial decision. You can embrace the celebrity machine, relishing your own role in the business of image-creation; this was the approach of Cecil Beaton and […]

Henri-Cartier Bresson: “Arrogant Purpose” (1947)

Not all of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs are of equal merit. Certain of them are tinged with that artiness which, whether plastic or anecdotal, has so far haunted almost all ambitious photography in the twentieth century. By Clement Greenberg and John O’Brian (Feb 15, 1988) Excerpt from Review of the Whitney Annual and Exhibitions of Picasso and Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Nation, […]

E.J. Bellocq: “Storyville – The Red Light District of New Orleans”

First of all, the pictures are unforgettable – photography’s ultimate standard of value.   Introduction text to Bellocq: Photographs from Storyville, the Red-Light District of New Orleans By Susan Sontag First of all, the pictures are unforgettable – photography’s ultimate standard of value. And it’s not hard to see why the trove of glass negatives […]

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Explore essay highlights. The Garry Winogrand Problem (1988)Wolfgang Tillmans and His (Almost) All Consuming Eye‘Like a One Eyed Cat’, Lee Friedlander – Out of the CoolDiane Arbus: Imaginary Lives, Subjective ProjectionsThomas Ruff: Aesthetic of the PixelAndreas Gursky and ‘The Iron Cage of Boredom’ Explore the essay archives.

JACOB HOLDT: “Misery and Love” (French)

By Anna Solal Jacobs Holdt a été vagabond pendant cinq ans, c’est aujourd’hui un photographe danois un peu fou et fasciné par la généalogie, prêcheur contre le racisme. Il semble, ce qui est un peu absurde, ne pas encore avoir fait l’objet d’exposition. Crues et tendres, ses photographies nous font pénétrer dans les coulisses de […]

GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN: “Faces” (1992)

By Reinhold Mißelbeck, Curator for Photography and New Media, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Edition Stemmle, Schaffhausen, 1992 Looking at Gottfried Helnwein’ portraits, we once again experience the shock of the new, of an unprecedented view of the person opposite. I have observed many people confronted with these portraits for the first time and again and again […]

The Social Mosaic Attempted: The Photographs of August Sander (2004)

 Social class stands before us in all its detail and specificity.   By Clare Hurley, December, 2004 “People of the Twentieth Century”: August Sander’s Photographic Portrait of Germany, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 25—September 19, 2004 A selection of 150 photographs from August Sander’s People of the Twentieth Century [Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts] […]