Minor White Review of William Klein’s ‘New York’ (1957)

Baseball Cards, New York, 1955 Review of William Klein’s New York, Originally published in Image Magazine, Journal of Photography of the George Eastman House, September, 1957 By Minor White NEW YORK by William Klein. London, Photography Magazine, 1957. 195 pages, 189 illustrations. Captions separate. Raucous is the word for William Klein’s New York. Sensational in the […]

WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “Before Color” (2010)

By Doug Rickard William Eggleston is a “Southern” artist. Without a deeper explanation, this statement itself could mean a few things. If you look at the body of his work on the whole, the majority of it (almost all) is set within the Southern environs of the US… places like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and […]

William Eggleston: Afterward from ‘The Democratic Forest’ (1988)

“The blindness is apparent when someone lets slip the word ‘snapshot’. Ignorance can always be covered by ‘snapshot’. The word has never had any meaning. I am at war with the obvious.”   William Eggleston in Conversation with Mark Holborn (Afterward from The Democratic Forest) “I was in Oxford, Mississippi for a few days and […]

William Eggleston, Mystagogue (1999)

 Do we care for anything but mystery? And does anything matter more than its apprehension? William Eggleston, Mystagogue, From 2 and 1/4. 1999. By Bruce Wagner Do we care for anything but mystery? And does anything matter more than its apprehension? During our days, we try so hard to find and hold it; at night, […]

Richard Billingham: “Ray’s a Laugh” (2000)

By Doug Rickard, ASX, July 2010 A long time ago, far, far away, in a rainy king-and-queen-filled land, in a colorful little-knick-knack, jigsaw-puzzle, cat-hair-filled, grease-streaked, filthy tiny fishbowl, baby Richie was born. Little Richie came into this lovely rainy little world born to proud parents, the drunk-unemployed-Ray and the devoted-enormous-“big”-Liz Billingham. Soon, little baby brother […]

Juergen Teller – “The Master II” (2010)

David Hockney smoking, Bridlington, 2008 If one is properly exposed to it and assuming that one has an “eye” for these things, Juergen Teller’s “aesthetic” becomes very recognizable. Not quite so much as to harm the effectiveness but much. Yes, in his case, this is a good thing. If pressed for a brief description, one […]

Daido Moriyama: Investigations of a Dog (1999)

 Stray Dog, Misawa, Aomori (1971)   Moriyama is conspicuous for the brutality with which he distorts photographic description: his pictures are sooty with grain, blotchy with glare, often out of focus or blurred by movement, often defaced by scratches in their negatives.   By Leo Rubinfien, October, 1999 The photographer Daido Moriyama, whose first U.S. […]