DAVE ANDERSON: “Strangers and Friends – Rough Beauty” (2006)

“Strangers and Friends” By Anne Wilkes Tucker, foreword to Rough Beauty Small towns are typically closed communities, outwardly friendly, but suspicious of anyone who is not a resident. Carrying a camera escalates those suspicions.i Paparazzi journalism and “candid camera” TV have also sensitized people to how easily a photographer can denigrate and caricature his subjects. […]

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 […]

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE: “The Voices of the White South” (1956)

  In the mid-1950s, LIFE magazine published a multi-part series that was titled “The Background of Segregation” exploring how the politically-violently-ethically charged issue was playing out from a Jim Crow South to the first fiery stirrings of the heroic Civil Rights movement. Today, here we sit, our cities crumbling – segregation (race, socio-economics, class, ideology) […]

Everything is Sacred – An Interview with Bruce Davidson (2006)

“For me, everything is sacred, whether I’m photographing a human being or a statue or the good earth. It’s sacred, I absorb it. I want to absorb it.”   Interview with Bruce Davidson, The Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU/Chicago), November, 2006 Q: You’re on the streets of Chicago, wandering into Pentecostal churches, how did that initial […]

Chris Killip & Graham Smith: “Another Country” (1985)

Helen and Hula-Hoop, Seacoal Beach, Lynemouth, Tyneside, UK, 1984 by Chris Killip   His affection for the land and its people never blinded him to the toughness of ordinary existence.   By Richard Cork, Review of Another Country at Serpentine Gallery, September 12, 1985 Excerpt from New Spirit, New Sculpture, New Money: Art in the […]

KARLHEINZ WEINBERGER: “REBEL YOUTH” (1950-1960’s)

  (Images © The estate of Karlheinz Weinberger) For decades the work of Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger was shrouded in obscurity. In the 1950s he published numerous homoerotic photographs under the pseudonym “Jim” in Der Kreis (The Circle), the legendary international gay magazine that featured highly sophisticated photographs by, among others, George Platt Lynes and […]

Billy Monk – “Cape Town Nightclub” (1967-1969)

  Billy Monk worked as a bouncer in the notorious Catacombs club in the dock area of Cape Town during the 1960s. For just two years, 1967 to 1969, he captured the raw energy of the club, its decadence and tragedy, its humanity and joy. They provide an extraordinarily evocative glimpse of Cape Town’s little-seen […]

WALKER EVANS: “DRIVE-BY PICTURES”

Walker Evans, pictures taken from a moving automobile or train.   EXPLORE ALL WALKER EVANS ON ASX (© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.)