NAGANO SHIGEICHI : “Nagano’s Tokyo” (2014)

Nagano workers at 5:00 PM, 1959 By Caille Milner, for ASX, May 2014 Why does Tokyo look so unfamiliar in Nagano Shigeichi’s photographs? He used no slights of hand; followed no special methodology. His influences were the usual ones for his generation — William Eugene Smith, Life magazine, celebrated Japanese photojournalists like Kimura Ihei and […]

Larry Clark’s Memory

Memory is largely based on lived experience. We remember important events that mark the passage of time, and as we get further away from those events our memories may be distorted; we lose details and make additions along the way. By Megan Bradley, first published  in Volume 3 of the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History […]

Diane Arbus – Flirt, Flash & Mirror (2013)

Diane Arbus at “Love-In,” Central Park, New York 1969 @ The Estate of Garry Winogrand   Arbus hunts out forms that can be judged as impure, hidden from the view of everyday onlookers. Whilst transsexuals, tattoos and prostitutes are now very much part of the “Official Institution of the Conventional Archetype of the Bizarre”, there […]

Alex Prager – When Los Angeles is Seen by a Local Eye

  Compulsion #1, 2012 © Alex Prager, courtesy M+B Gallery She admits not to have chosen her full name Alexandra as ‘there are a lot of people who are more comfortable working with a man’. By Elena Dolcini, originally published at tyci.org.uk, reproduced with permission on ASX Alex Prager is an American artist born, living and […]

Helmet Newton’s Australian Years (2005)

Helmut Newton, photographer. Electricians’ faces. Shell Collection. vol. 1, no. 28. La Trobe Picture Collection. By Guy Featherstone, originally appeared in La Trobe Journal, Spring 2005 On Thursday 10 October 1940 a twenty–year–old German Jew, Helmut Neustaedter, was formally received at the Tatura internment camp in north-eastern Victoria. He was held at number 3 Camp, […]

Helen Levitt: “Slideshow” (excerpt)

New York,  c. 1971 By M. Darsie Alexander, excerpt from Slideshow: Projected Images in Contemporary Art, 2005 For most of her career, Levitt photographed in black and white, distilling her compositions into subtle gradations and contrasts. That all changed when she received a Guggenheim award in 1959 (renewed the following year), which she used to […]

Francis Bacon and ‘Narrative’, the Natural Enemy of Vision

“I do not want to avoid telling a story, but I want very, very much to do the thing that Valery said – to give the sensation without the boredom of its conveyance. And the moment the story enters, the boredom comes upon you.” – Francis Bacon By Ernst Van Alphen, brief excerpts from Francis […]

Lee Friedlander: Photography and the Aesthetics of Abstract Painting (2012)

New York City, 1963. Lee Friedlander (Fig. 2) What I have been trying to argue is not intended as a criticism of Friedlander’s work nor as a challenge to his status within the world of (art) photography. If anything it is a challenge to the ideas that held such sway through the fifties sixties and […]

Susan Sontag: “Speech and Inteview at Wellesley College (1975)

June 8, 1972 @ Nick Ut Excerpt from a speech delivered at a Wellesley College photographic symposium on April 21, 1975. I am a writer and a filmmaker. I don’t consider myself a critic, and I am above all not a critic of photography. But it’s from that strictly independent and freelance position that I […]

David Moore: “Pictures from the Real World” (2013)

David Moore: Colour Photographs 1987-­88 Pictures From The Real World Essay by David Chandler If the chemically charged 1960s brought new constellations of colour to the drab austerity of post‐war Britain, then British documentary photography remained that period’s more sober shadow: resolutely black and white and firmly rooted in a past, it was the serious, […]

John Szarkowski On Robert Frank’s Book ‘The Americans'” (1986)

I saw it I suppose very shortly after it was published, when I was still working as a photographer myself, and it was, frankly, shocking. I sensed the power in it, and the authority about it but there was much about it that I didn’t like… The Americans was received with mixed critical reaction. Not […]