The Animals and Their Keepers: Garry Winogrand and Photography After September 11th

 from The Animals @ the Estate of Garry Winogrand   Winogrand disdained those who treated photographs not as photographs but as an extension of painting.   The Animals and Their Keepers: Garry Winogrand and Photography After Septempber 11 By Hilton Als “The Animals,” a book I was moved to reexamine after the events of Sept. […]

An Interview with Sergio Leone (1987)

From Once Upon a Time in the West   It is this unmitigated violence that marks and unites both Leone’s and Tarantino’s work. Though when asked by a Time critic why his films were so violent, Leone simply pointed to a double-page color spread of a young black man being gunned down by police and […]

Diane Arbus: “Essential Mysteries (Excerpt)” (2011)

One of Arbus’s last series of photographs was of the institutionalized mentally retarded, whom she found “the strangest combination of grownup and child” she’d ever seen.   By William Todd Schultz, excerpt from An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus, 2011 Essential Mysteries One of photographer Diane Arbus’s first pictures, she […]

Eggleston’s World (1999)

“I think of them as parts of a novel I’m doing.”   By Walter Hopps, essay from The Hasselblad Award, 1998 These were the first words William Eggleston uttered when I asked what he felt he was accomplishing with his photographs. Another fine photographer from the South, William Christenberry, had brought Eggleston to meet me […]

Robert Adams on Books, Shows and Survival in Photography (Excerpt) (2011)

 “Having a book allows you to prove that you’re not just a one or two picture photographer.”   An Interview with Alexa Dilworth of the Center for Documentary Studies, April, 2011 (Excerpt) How is having a book of one’s own photographs published important to a photographer? RA: It allows you to respond effectively to your […]

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 […]

Nan Goldin on Cookie Mueller (2001)

“AIDS changed everything in my life. There’s life before AIDS, and after AIDS.”   By Nan Goldin, for The Digital Journalist, 20 Years: Aids & Photography, 2001, brought to ASX in partnership with The Digital Journalist AIDS changed everything in my life. There’s life before AIDS, and after AIDS. We were in Fire Island that […]

Antoine d’Agata – Until the World No Longer Exists

“A photograph is nothing but a lie. The space is cut off, the time, manipulated. They are two uncontrollably false appearances of an image condemned to choose between hypocrisy ­ and good conscience ­ and being fake.” – Antoine d’Agata  “What we see is not made up of what we are seeing but rather from […]

William Klein: The New York School – Photographs, 1936-1963 (1992)

“I wanted to be visible in the biggest way possible. My aesthetics was the New York Daily News. I saw the book I wanted to do as a tabloid gone berserk, gross, grainy, over-inked, with a brutal layout, bull-horn headlines. This is what New York deserved and would get.”   By Jane Livingston, excerpt from […]

CARLO MOLLINO: POLAROIDS, ETC (1962-1973)

  In a career that spanned more than four decades, Carlo Mollino designed buildings, homes, furniture, cars, aircraft. One of the most dashing figures of mid-century Italy, Mollino was famed for his design finesse and his elegant organicism. In 1949 he published an important book on photography: Message from the Darkroom. Sometime around 1960, he […]