Notes from the Margin of Spoiled Identity – The Art of Diane Arbus (1988)

“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do, that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.” – Diane Arbus   By Gerry Badger as a collaboration with ASX, Originally Published in Phototexts, 1988 The principal issue raised by the remarkable photographs […]

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 […]

Attraction and Desire – Larry Fink’s Life in Photography (2011)

Attraction and Desire: Larry Fink’s Life in Photography By Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, essay from the book Larry Fink: Attraction and Desire: 50 Years in Photography, published by The Sheldon Art Galleries. Saint Louis, Missouri. 2011. “I photograph because I live. I want to contribute that passion of living to posterity in the best way I can.”1 – Larry Fink, […]

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 […]

Boris Mikhailov: “A New Metaphysician”

From Case History, 1999 Boris Mikhailov: A New Metaphysician By Helen Petrovsky If we were to define photography today, we would have to posit its essential anonymity. To be more precise, we would have to rethink the very conditions of its theorizing: it is no longer “my” photograph that has to be redeemed by being […]

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 […]

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… […]

Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Yale Handbook (2008)

W, March #14, 2000 by Philip-Lorca DiCorcia The warp in the fabric of Art History that connects Walker Evans and Kenneth Anger links social consciousness and narcissism, formalism and formlessness, the private and public, the oblique and the blunt, the tried and the true, the here today and the gone tomorrow. Cinnamon and sugary and […]

Lars Tunbjörk – Alien at the Office (2004)

“When I photograph now,” he said, “I try to imagine that I’d never seen a place like this before.” Lars Tunbjörk: Alien at the Office By Joshua Kors Whether Lars Tunbjörk is a visionary or simply a weirdo with a camera, perhaps that’s a matter of opinion. Certainly Tunbjörk, the acclaimed Swedish photographer – winner […]

The Family Albums of Ralph Eugene Meatyard (2006)

“Billboards in any art are the first things that one sees—the masks might be interpreted as billboards. Once you get past the billboard then you can see into the past (forest, etc.), the present, & the future. I feel that because of the “strange” that more attention is paid to backgrounds & that has been […]

Back To The Past – Eugene Atget (2001)

Zoniers, Porte de Choisy, 1913 By Stephen Longmire, Afterimage, May 2001 It has been 20 years, amazingly enough, since New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) launched its landmark cycle of exhibitions of the work of French photographer Eugene Atget (1857-1927), who spent his last 30 years documenting the architectural record of Paris and […]

Hugh Holland. Angels. Street. Skate. Seventies. (2006)

“It was in 1975, while driving along Laurel Canyon Boulevard, that Holland became aware of the young boys swooping and swirling along the drained pools.”   By Margarita Nieto, originally published in ArtScene, February 2006 Wingless “Angels” hang from an infinitely blue firmament, their nubile bodies twist and crouch in mid-turn on the edges of […]