Street Shooter – An Interview with Mary Ellen Mark (1987)

  Her most memorable work documents the lives of the dispossessed; those deprived by birth of the rights and amenities most of us take for granted, touch her.   By Janis Bultman, Darkroom Photography, Jan-Feb Issue, 1987 It was the early Sixties. Mary Ellen Mark was a graduate student, studying painting at the University of […]

Paul Graham – ‘The Unreasonable Apple’ (2010)

“Perhaps here we have stumbled upon a partial, but nonetheless astonishing description of the creative act at the heart of serious photography: nothing less than the measuring and folding of the cloth of time itself.” By Paul Graham This month I read a review in a leading US Art Magazine of a Jeff Wall survey […]

Modern Sublime: The World of Josef Koudelka (2003)

from Gypsies, 1975 @ Josef Koudelka and Magnum Photos “I am not interested in talking about things, explaining about the whys and the hows. I do not mind showing my images, but not so much my contact sheets. I mainly work from small test prints. I often look at them, sometimes for a long time. […]

The Muse of Place and Time: An Interview with William Christenberry (2004-2005)

“This is and always will be where my heart is. It is what I care about.”   The Muse of Place and Time: An Interview with William Christenberry This interview is the culmination of numerous conversations between Christenberry and the author from October 2004 through August 2005. By Robert Hirsch RH: Describe your family background […]

Jim Goldberg’s ‘Raised By Wolves’ as a Non-Fictional Multi-Media Narrative

While we as viewers are aware that Goldberg is as present in the scenes as the characters themselves, the teens seem to forget about him and allow him to record their most private moments. Raised By Wolves as a Non-Fictional Multi-Media Narrative By Sarah Wichlacz “It’s not like you can go home and watch TV.” […]

A Conversation with Don McCullin

“Well, there’s no question about it, that one does become a junkie, there are war junkies and they are around today. I know individuals, personally, and I can see what they’re suffering from…”   Transcript of the BBC John Tusa Interview with Don McCullin It can’t be easy bearing the title of the world’s greatest […]

JOSEF KOUDELKA: “Czeslaw Milosz on Josef Koudelka’s Exiles”

Hauts-de-Seine, Parc de Sceaux, France, 1987. Czeslaw Milosz on Josef Koudelka’s “Exiles” While writing this essay I had before my eyes Josef Koudelka’s photographs. Let my words serve as a tribute to his art of telling stories without words. Rhythm is at the core of human life. It is, first of all, the rhythm of […]

Robert Frank: Dissecting the American Image (1986)

 The lesson often learned from The Americans was not one of content or meaning, but a realization of the enormous strength of the attitude behind it.   What a poem this is, what poems can be written about this book of pictures some day… — Jack Kerouac   By Jno Cook for Exposure Magazine, Volume […]