Tony Ray-Jones: Photographs of America and England (1968)

  Originally Published in Creative Camera, Issue 52, October 1968 In an era of pop commerce, and out of the gimmick-ridden world of lucrative non-art, it is refreshing to discover a photographer who – by-passing the slick ploy of self-conscious fashion cult – has an eye for What Is. His hand does not finger the […]

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 […]

A Message from Cartier-Bresson

  He brought out hundreds of his photographs, some in copies, others in books and still others in originals. He placed the pictures on the table, one at a time, and ordered me to make an instant decision whether I would take it or not. A Message from Cartier-Bresson By Yoshitomo Kajikawa It was autumn, […]

August Sander: “A Profile of the People” (2002)

By Hans-Michael Koetzle In 1910, August Sander began a systematic attempt to portray and typologize his fellow countrymen. The project, undertaken wholly at his own initiative and expense, found support only among his painter friends in the Rhineland area of Germany. His book Antlitz der Zeit was outlawed and partially destroyed by the Nazis in […]

An Interview with Walker Evans (1971)

  Interview with Walker Evans Conducted by Paul Cummings in Connecticut, October 13, 1971 In New York City, December 23, 1971 PAUL CUMMINGS: It’s October 13, 1971 – Paul Cummings talking to Walker Evans at his home in Connecticut with all the beautiful trees and leaves around today. It’s gorgeous here. You were born in […]

Roswell Angier – Sticky Floors and White Men Roars

  By Doug Rickard Stretch marks and desert-devil-dust… Mexican-Men and Tequila-Worm-Lust… Jiggling breasts and White Men roars, sticky palms and sticky floors… Booze-boars and bottle-breath, broken-teeth smiles and flailing-fist-death… Curse and crawl, stumble and fall… warm wind blows through desert-window holes, pitiful views, coming in two’s… alcohol-slaves. Mad howls and nasty scowls, jukebox-caves, flesh-filled waves… […]

Robert Farber with Eddie Adams

Robert Farber: I’m here in New York City with a great photographer, Eddie Adams. I first became familiar as many millions and millions of people did by Pulitzer Prize winning photograph that was taken in Vietnam of the Vietnamese Colonel executing a prisoner. That’s when I first started–how long did your career start before that? […]

An Interview with Mary Ellen Mark (1990)

  “When it’s cropped I think, ‘God, it just doesn’t make sense. The picture’s no good any more. It’s not what I shot.’”   Interview by Constance Sullivan CS: You’ve been described as both a documentary photographer and a photojournalist. Do you make a distinction between the two? MARY ELLEN MARK: I have never known […]