Tod Papageorge on Robert Adams: ‘The Missing Criticism – What We Bought’

from The New West @ Robert Adams This pitiless light, virtually combusting in the thin Colorado air, was, I thought, an invention born in the certain glare of the place… By Tod Papageorge In April 2000, The Yale University Art Gallery purchased the 193 prints that compose Robert Adams’s What We Bought: The New World, […]

TATE MODERN: “Cruel and Tender” (2003)

Young Couple in Parked Open-Air Car, Ossining, New York 1932-34 By Carter Radcliff, Originally Published in Tate Magazine, Issue 5, 2003 In 1932, Walker Evans photographed a young couple in a roadster parked at the curb in a small town somewhere in America. The top is down, giving the photographer and his subjects direct views […]

Andrea Modica: “Regeneration” (2004)

  Although Modica’s final photographs of Barbara provide a sombre ending to a 15-year relationship, they also lend a glowing immortality to Barbara’s life.   By Jonah Sampson, Family Medicine Resident, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, 2004 Travelling through rural upstate New York in 1986 and feeling like a misplaced tourist, photographer Andrea Modica came across a farmhouse […]

ASX.TV: Paul Graham – “Pittsburgh” (2010)

Paul Graham’s work belongs to the tradition of social documentary photography. He developed an innovate artistic work whose view is directed uncompromisingly at social reality. For whitetube.de he speaks about one single series called PITTSBURGH which is exibited in a big show of Grahams work: ASX CHANNEL: PAUL GRAHAM

Pierre Verger – “Black Gods in Exile”

The picture-taking nomad was so awed by the charm of Brazil’s former capital and its citizens that, over the next 50 years, he chose it as the center of his life and as his base and starting point for countless trips to Africa.   Introduction to Pierre Verger – Black Gods in Exile By Manfred […]

Robert Frank’s America (1982)

The feeling among them was unanimous: this was not how America was to be shown. But what was at issue was a larger matter than patriotism. The challenge of Frank’s work in the late ’50s lay in his treatment of his subject matter and in his use of a photographic style well out of the […]

Walker Evans’s ‘Counter-Aesthetic’ (2003)

Gay Burke, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, October 28, 1973   As a collection, the Polaroids are remarkable in their consistent and determined attitude. They are bald presentations of individuals without mannerism or style and yet they are distinct, they are compelling, and their directness is palpable.   By Jane Tormey, originally published in Afterimage, July 1, 2003 During […]

‘Tulsa’ – An Essay by Larry Clark (1971)

“When I was 16 I started shooting valo. Valo was a nasel inhaler you could buy at the drugstore for a dollar with a tremendous amount of amphetamine in it.” Larry Clark, April, 1971 I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January 1943. When I was 16 I started shooting valo. Valo was a nasel […]

BILL OWENS: “Leisure – A Particular Kind of Strangeness” (2005)

From the Working series By Gregory Crewdson A family of three carefully unfolds rolls of sod onto their barren front yard transforming it into a small domestic oasis. A man ascends a bare, undersized tree in an absurd attempt to prune its dead leaves. A young boy sits on his Big Wheel holding a toy […]

Walker Evans and Robert Frank – An Essay on Influence by Tod Papageorge (1981)

 The purpose of this (text) is to describe the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs (1938) on The Americans (1959) of Robert Frank. By Tod Papageorge The purpose of this monograph is to describe the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs (1938) on The Americans (1959) of Robert Frank. To do this, the photographs in […]