DORIS ULMANN: “APPALACHIAN PORTRAITS”

  Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was born and educated in New York City. A graduate of the school of the Ethical Culture Society, a socially liberal organization that championed individual worth regardless of ethnic background or economic condition. In the late 1920’s Ulmann made trips each summer to document the rural people of the South, particularly […]

SCOT SOTHERN: “LOWLIFE”

  Scot Sothern’s Lowlife is an illustrated memoir of dysfunction, a confession of a befuddled white guy maintaining a precarious connection to propriety and fatherhood while side-tripping into noirish infatuations. Sothern’s images, shot mostly in Southern California between 1986 and 1990, record the existence of these disenfranchised Americans, men and women, hawking souls for the […]

ROMAIN SLOCOMBE: “CITY OF BROKEN DOLLS”

  “MY WORK’S NOT ONLY ABOUT MY OBSESSION WITH JAPANESE WOMEN, IT’S ABOUT MEDICAL FETISHISM AND MY FASCINATION WITH ACCIDENTS” – ROMAIN SLOCOMBE, 1997   Beautiful Japanese girls are photographed in casts and bandages, victims of unknown traumas in the neon streets and hospital rooms. These are the “broken dolls” of Romain Slocombe’s Tokyo, a […]

EAMONN DOYLE: “i” (2014)

Here the street is the background upon which single figures stand. (Or rather, lean). The streets become backdrop, grey slate with stripes and arrows, designs on the pavement. Doyle is more of a stalker than a flaneur.   Eamonn Doyle i, Review by Ellen Wallenstein for ASX, June 2014 Eamonn Doyle’s book i is a […]

Interview with Ben Shahn (1964)

Interview with Ben Shahn Conducted by Richard Doud at the Artist’s home in Roosevelt, New Jersey. April 14, 1964. RICHARD DOUD: I’d like to start with a general background of what you were doing prior to the time and how you managed to get with the Resettlement Program. BEN SHAHN: Well, I told you I […]

An Interview with John Divola (1978)

 Zuma Series, 1977 Journal of Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, September 1978 Dialogue with John Divola by Dinah Portner Q. Do you think of photography as a concrete way of dealing with ideas? A. No, it’s not that they are ideas, per se. I see art as a dialogue about experiences and the way […]

An Interview with Antoine d’Agata: ‘A Simple Desire to Exist’ (2014)

“Mine is an entirely solitary pursuit as most of my time is being spent on the road, on the streets and in hotel rooms in anonymous cities.”   Antoine D’Agata. A simple desire to exist. A conversation with Raphael Shammaa,.Translated from French. New York, February 7, 2014 Raphael Shammaa: How do you feel discussing your work […]