A Visit with Diane Arbus, One Month Before Her Death

Then she appeared at the door, and compared with my image of her, she might almost have been her own daughter. A Visit with Diane Arbus – On a Hot Summer Day in New York, One Month Before Her Death By Allan Porter On a hot, muggy afternoon in New York, I took a taxi […]

Nan Goldin on Jean-Christian Bourcart (2002)

Nan Goldin on Jean-Christian Bourcart (2002) Nan Goldin, Paris, April, 2002 I first saw Jean-Christian Bourcart’s photos ten years ago in the home of my former dealer Gilles Dusein, in his little apartment on rue du Repos overlooking Père Lachaise. Gilles, whose ashes are now dispersed in the famous cemetery, had just begun to represent […]

Todd Hido and the ‘Art of Darkness’ (2006)

“I’ll see a house and think, ‘But how is it going to add to my body of work?’ And that’s dangerous. A lot of times I just won’t take it.” By Justin Berton, February 1, 2006 From the outside, Todd Hido’s home looks perfectly normal. You might even pass it by without a second thought. […]

Loretta Lux – New Work (2004)

  Loretta Lux: New Work (2004) Afterimage, March-April, 2004 by Jill Conner When the digital camera was introduced in the 1990s, it was predicted to displace the technique of modern photography as well as its practice. By translating light into codified data stored within a random access chip, digital technology radically changed processing habits. Photoshop […]

“Polaroid: The Life of the Party” (2002)

  By Nat Trotman, originally published in Afterimage, May 1, 2002 In the ongoing push for consumer ease that characterizes the history of popular photography, the Polaroid Corporation stands as the undisputed champion of the later twentieth century. Among its many successes and numerous patents–including the process of polarization from which the corporation adapted its name–the […]

TODD HIDO: “Two Way Street”

By Doug Rickard, ASX, August 2009 Todd Hido’s new and unpublished work walks a fine line, a line that exists in the viewer rather than Todd. The work seems to come into existence through the eye’s of a smeared-single-pane-window voyeurish fog. It is the adult-white-male fog of childhood memories, and the mental hot-iron-branding of broken […]

Words by Henri Cartier-Bresson (1973)

Madrid, 1933   “There is a rhyme between different elements. There is a square here, rectangle and other rectangle…see its all these problems which I’m preoccupied with. The greatest joy for me is geometry that means a structure.”   The Decisive Moment – Photographs and Words by Henri Cartier-Bresson (1973) Henri Cartier-Bresson “I’ve been taking […]

PAUL GRAHAM: “Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult” (2009)

  By Paul Graham It’s so easy it’s ridiculous. It’s so easy that I can’t even begin – I just don’t know where to start. After all, it’s just looking at things. We all do that. It’s simply a way of recording what you see – point the camera at it, and press a button. […]

The Social Legacy of Bill Brandt (2000)

  Let’s start with a very simple perception that Brandt is by far the greatest British photographer and I include in that even Fox Talbot. Brandt is the only British photographer who’s absolutely world class as we come to the end of photography’s span as a separate art form.   “The Social Legacy of Bill […]

BOBBY ABRAHAMSON: “One Summer Across America” (2002)

“Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues, you can tell by the way she smiles… ” sings Bob Dylan, and I know exactly what he means. Since I’ve been back from my trip there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t have to fight the urge to pack my bags and leave […]