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 the latest essays. Wolfgang Tillmans: Faces in the CrowdFirst and Foremost, Christopher Wool is a PainterTakashi Kawashima: Transcending the Real, Digital AlchemyPhilip-­Lorca diCorcia: Reflections on ‘Streetwork’ 1993-­1997William Eggleston: Making a Name, the Southern WayIn The Wake of Richard Prince and Instagram, Revisiting Copyright Law, Appropriation and HistoryFrom LA to NorCal to Queens, the Ghost [...]

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] […]

Andreas Gursky – ‘From a World’s Spirit’s Eye View’ (2007)

As soon as the technique is available, Gursky proceeds to the digital manipulation of the image. By Stefan Beyst INTRODUCTION After the big retrospective in the MoMA 2001, a new big show in the Munich ‘Haus der Kunst’ is dedicated to the photographer whose ’99 cent II Diptychon’ (1999) has recently been auctioned at Sotheby’s […]

Larry Clark: “Death is More Perfect Than Life” (2005)

Untitled (from Tulsa), 1971 Death is More Perfect Than Life: Larry Clark By Jill Conner, Afterimage, May-June, 2005 The conformity that saturated American society in the postwar 1950s created unreal expectations among the population due to the media’s use of advertisements and television shows to portray an orderly lifestyle full of hope and promise within […]

‘Like a One Eyed Cat’, Lee Friedlander – Out of the Cool

Haverstraw, New York, 1966 Friedlander is a photographer, never forget. Although a major photographic artist, he is not an ‘artist utilising photography.’ He uses the camera, that unthinking machine, to transcribe his visual perceptions of the world. Out of the Cool – Lee Friedlander at the V&A By Gerry Badger, from Creative Camera (1991) ‘That […]

Class Time with Garry Winogrand (1974 – 1976)

  By O.C. Garza The years were 1974, 1975 and 1976. Step back to those years in what was the active, peaceful city of Austin, Texas. The city is nestled hard against the banks of the Colorado River that knives through central Texas. This state governmental seat was changing as it always has and always […]

Tod Papageorge on Robert Adams: ‘The Missing Criticism – What We Bought’

from The New West @ Robert Adams This pitiless light, virtually combusting in the thin Colorado air, was, I thought, an invention born in the certain glare of the place… By Tod Papageorge In April 2000, The Yale University Art Gallery purchased the 193 prints that compose Robert Adams’s What We Bought: The New World, […]

Andreas Gursky: “New York Stock Exchange” (1991)

  Executed in 1991, Andreas Gursky’s New York Stock Exchange is one of the earliest examples and, at the time, largest of Andreas Gursky’s seminal series of photographs of global stock exchanges which he continues to this day. The original inspiration and philosophy for the series derived from the stock market collapses of the late […]