Photography is often considered “objective”—a technology with the ability to capture people, things and places as they were during one moment in time. The art form has a long history of depicting race powerfully in America, both in disproving difference across racial divides and in evoking emotion and depicting the gravity of tragedy....more
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I just wanted to leave this in the world, and see what the world would do with it.
Ever wonder what to do with all those extra books around your apartment? Well, Shaheryar Malik came up with an ingenious idea: leave stacks of books all over New York City and take pictures of them!...more
It was also a costly endeavor, especially if a photographer wished to create multiple copies of a book. According to Kathrin Schönegg, a GRI fellow working on the project, most books had between just 20 to a few hundred editions — making some copies incredibly rare.
At Hyperallergic, Chris Cobb explores new photography exhibits featuring over 200 color photos from a recently rediscovered collection by Gordon Parks. The collection dates from 1956, when Parks was commissioned by LIFE magazine to capture the day-to-day of black families in segregated Alabama....more
Danniel Schoonebeek discusses with photographer Marshall Scheuttle the reason for his move to Las Vegas, the contrast of his portraits with his landscapes, and the emotional space that he arrives at when photographing an especially exciting subject:
My favorite photographs have always given me this feeling that I’m a participant in something I can’t control.
Jessa Crispin discusses discovering the darkly fascinating self portraits of gender-bending surrealist photographer Claude Cahun and the mystery in her life, in an excerpt from The Dead Ladies Project:
The Cahun version of Acker had the shaved head, but angled to look frail and sickly, near death, a pre-Holocaust vision of the Auschwitz survivor.
It might be ill-advised to reduce an artist’s life and work to a single observation, the magic key that unlocks everything, but in the case of Robert Mapplethorpe there is a pronounced duality—in the themes and subjects depicted in his “icy”, graphically stylized black-and-white photographs; in the dark-angel personae he cultivated; and in the controversies all of these facets wittingly or unwittingly sparked during his short lifetime.
Author and photographer Rebekah Bergman talks with Electric Literature about the influence of her photography on her fiction, the rising popularity of post-apocalyptic fiction, the use of fantasy to explore sexuality, and more:
I have a theory about why many women might turn to this kind of fantasy.
In celebration of the iconic figure who transcends all generational gaps, photographer Mick Rock spoke with VICE about his time with Bowie when the artist was inventing the revolutionary alter ego that is Ziggy Stardust, and the photos that were born from it....more
Writing for Broadly, Stassa Edwards has this profile of Nona Faustine, a photographer whose nude self-portraits aim to expose New York’s history of slavery.
Faustine’s “White Shoes” is a series is a kind of memorial to that history, an attempt to conjure up the spirits of black women who were demeaned and sold in Manhattan’s streets.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, Caroline Calloway’s new memoir is going to be extremely long. The England-based art history student has been writing a memoir through her Instagram account, mashing together photos, captions, conversations, and more. Unlike most Instagram feeds, Calloway does not post in real time....more
The Daily Beast interviews photographer Sally Mann about her new memoir and the overlap between writing and photography:
Yes. They’re so fleeting but in both there is that raptus of inspiration. Fleeting and really hard to hold onto, and you certainly can’t ask for it, but it happens with both, and it’s exactly the same feeling.
She sent me this photograph and wrote: I run across my own life as a dog runs across a field, zigzag. The search is endless. Then I come to a sudden stop. I stand and listen to the small movements in things.
Why spend another Friday night binge-watching Treehouse Masters when you could be meditating on the passage of time and the lifelong project of self-actualization we humans must all undertake? If you’re in San Francisco tonight, swing by Four Barrel Coffee at 6 p.m....more
Photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald finds people reading just about everywhere. He’s been going around New York City, snapping pictures of people reading books in unlikely places. Slate caught up with Scwartzwald, who explains his fascination with people and their books:
You just get a visceral reaction, like writing a great story or reading one for that matter, there’s an emotional, psychological component to it that you sense and occasionally you’re able to capture it because sometimes you may have literally one frame to get it off and you either get it or you don’t.