Surface Politics: Mark Duffy’s Vote NO. 1

“Already rife with distrust, crooked smiles, and manufactured cutout econo-kit fashions, these images betray their ultimate aim, which is to represent an ideology through a gesture of the candidate’s ¾ portrait.”

Exploring Two Works by Diane Arbus and Their Connection to the 60’s

A Young Man in Curlers at Home on West 20th Street (N.Y.C. 1966) Arbus uses a strong flash to create a high-contrast photograph in “A Young Man in Curlers at Home on West 20th Street,” which is representative of the strong, conflicting ideologies of Americans in the 1960s. The man’s face is stark white compared […]

I have Come to Disappoint You: Michele Sibiloni’s “Fuck It”

@ Michele Sibiloni Its tick-box approach to images, the title, the cover, the text within capitalize on the “rough” Ugandan nightlife and seems very much directed at a Deutsche Bourse Prize/ Magnum/ Western White latte audience.   I usually start most of my reviews with a literary metaphor. I feel to do so is to […]

Five Uneasy Pieces: An Interview with Juno Calypso

Reasons You’re Tired All the Time, 2013   “I feel like this question is saying ‘can you still be a feminist when your camera is aiming at your ass?” If so, my answer is yes.”   BF: Within the theatricality of your images, you seem to be hinting at a considered perception of the feminine […]

Todd Hido: “House Hunting” (2001)

“Todd Hido’s large color photographs of suburbia are lonely, forlorn, mysterious… and strangely comforting. Hido photographs the interior rooms of repossessed tract homes, and the outsides of similar houses at night whose habitation is suggested by the glow of a television set or unseen overhead bulb. Seldom does the similar evoke such melancholy. Yet rather […]

Robert Adams on Working at Home and Photography as Metaphor (2009)

“By definition art is not propaganda; the goal is not to excite people to action but to help them find a sense of wholeness and thereby a sense of calm.”   Excerpt from a 2014 Hasselblad Award chat transcript Question: Congratulations! You have been taking pictures of the American West for four decades now. Why […]