THEORY: “The Treacherous Medium: Why Photography Critics Hate Photographs”

The Treacherous Medium: Why Photography Critics Hate Photographs Boston Review, by Susie Linfield In 1846, Charles Baudelaire wrote a little essay called “What is the Good of Criticism?” This is a question that virtually every critic asks herself at some point, and that some have answered with hopelessness, despair, even self-loathing. Baudelaire didn’t think that […]

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Marilyn Minter: New Work

New Work: Marilyn Minter By Joshua Shirkey In 1969 the photographer Diane Arbus visited a class at the University of Florida in Gainesville and, as a guest instructor, led a critique of the students’ artwork. Marilyn Minter, an undergraduate at the time, was not enrolled in the class, but her professor encouraged her to bring […]

“The Photographic Idea: Reconsidering Conceptual Photography” (1999)

Afterimage, March-April, 1999 by Lucy Soutter “They were there simply to indicate a radical art that had already vanished. The photograph was necessary only as a residue for communication.” – Dennis Oppenheim on his use of photographs.(1) This statement by Dennis Oppenheim introduces the paradox inherent in any discussion of photography within Conceptual Art. Since […]

“Back West: Reviewing American Landscape Photography” (1997)

Robert Adams Back West: Reviewing American Landscape Photography Afterimage, Sept-Oct, 1997 by Stephen Longmire “The West to me is where the landscape is,” Lee Friedlander writes in his new book of landscape photographs of the Sonora, The Desert Seen.(1) The sentiment is so characteristically American that it is difficult not to take it ironically, coming […]

JULIANA BEASLEY: “Last Stop – Rockaway Park”

When I was just a little girl I asked my mother, what will I be Will I be pretty, will I be rich Here’s what she said to me… Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be The future’s not ours, to see Que Sera, Sera What will be, will be… (Doris Day – Que […]

THEORY: "Nicholas Mirzoeff: An Introduction to Visual Culture" (1999)

By Nicholas Mirzoeff Dept of Art, SUNY Stony Brook Modern life takes place onscreen. Life in industrialized countries is increasingly lived under constant video surveillance from cameras in buses and shopping malls, on highways and bridges, and next to ATM cash machines. More and more people look back, using devices ranging from traditional cameras to […]

CANDIDA HOFER: “Candida Höfer: The Atmosphere of Absence”

By Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, writer and curator Much has been made of the absence of people from Candida Höfer’s photographs. How the empty halls, silent lobbies and unpeopled rooms might set us dreaming uneasily of a world bereft of human beings. How these vacated interiors, which she has been photographing assiduously since the late […]

TEMA STAUFFER: “American Stills”

“Wonder Power Activate – Form of Tema – Form of America” Let’s just call it “T-America”. Tema Stauffer’s got her finger on the trigger, Tema Stauffer’s got her finger on the pulse… Tema’s got the vibe, oh yeah, Tema’s got the energy, oh yeah… Tema is feelin’ it. Tema’s… an American girl, yes she is […]

ART SINSABAUGH: “Life on the Road: Art Sinsabaugh’s Midwest Landscapes” (2005)

Afterimage, July-August, 2005 by Stephen Longmire If Edward Hopper had been a photographer, he might have been Art Sinsabaugh. Both are poets of the ordinary, of the inhabited but often unpeopled landscape, sociologists of the visual with a magical realist touch. And both take as opportunities for their pictures the way the world opens itself […]

STIEGLITZ & STEICHEN: “Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen’s Legacy” (2001)

The Family of Stieglitz and Steichen – Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen’s Legacy By Jonathan Weinberg, Art in America, September 2001 Exhibitions in New York and Washington recently presented the intertwined and contentious histories of two emblematic figures of 20th-century American modernism. One night in late May 1914, Alfred Stieglitz began to muse about the […]

RYAN FOERSTER: Black and Blue…

Ryan Foerster’s dimly lit photographs seem to heave and slowly move with the warm organic breath of a human chest while emanating out of the paper a moist human scent. Friends and lovers melt off of the photographs and out to the viewer from somewhere deep… hidden beneath layers of color, layers of liquid and […]