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Andreas Gursky – ‘The Iron Cage of Boredom’

The Rhine II, 1999 The Iron Cage of Boredom By Julian Stallabrass There is something very straightforward about Andreas Gursky’s photographs. It is as though he holds up a peopled landscape or a building or a workplace for our inspection, saying simply, ‘here it is’. In a typical view of one factory, PTT, Rotterdam (1995), […]


Lewis Baltz on ‘New Topographics and Exhibition ‘Remakes’ (‘A Very Bad Idea’)

39, WEST WALL, SMICOA, 333 MCCORMICK, COSTA MESA © LEWIS BALTZ, IP 39, FROM THE SERIES “NEW INDUSTRIAL PARKS, NEAR IRVINE, CALIFORNIA”, 1974; STEIDL   Interview (excerpt) with Lewis Baltz Conducted by Matt Witkovsky At Baltz’s home in Paris, France. 2009 November 15-17 MR. BALTZ: You aspire to making something – at least at the time, […]

ASX.TV: Erik Kessels’ Eye (2014)

ASX.TV: Erik Kessels’ Eye (2014)

Photography: Mark Bakker Editor: Bart van den Broek Sound Recording: Erik Leek Soundmix: Hugo Dijkstal Production: Willemijn Cerutti Production VPRO: Karin Vermeulen Commissioning Editor VPRO: Barbara Truyen Producer: Frank van den Engel Written en Directed By: Simone de Vries © 2009 Zeppers Film en TV / VPRO This film was produced with support from Dutch […]



DIANE ARBUS: “Diane Arbus MoMA Exhibition Wall Label Text” (1972)

By John Szarkowski, Director, Department of Photography, NY MoMA Diane Arbus’s pictures challenge the basic assumptions on which most documentary photography has been thought to rest, for they deal with private rather than social realities, with psychological rather than historical facts, with the prototypical and mythic rather than the topical and temporal. Her photographs record […]

VIDEO: Diane Arbus – "Masters of Photography" (1972)

ASX.TV: Diane Arbus – “Masters of Photography Part 1″ (1972)

In 1967, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York City presented New Documents — a major exhibition of the personal visions of several photographers — the surprise of the show was the work of Diane Arbus. On her own, against the advice of many friends, she had pursued her documentation of people on […]


ASX.TV: Antoine d’Agata – “Interview” (2013)

ASX.TV: Antoine d’Agata – “Interview” (2013)

“I never wanted to accept the position of the observer who is not involved in the situation. The technique and the aesthetics do not matter to me. Only the essence of what is happening is important to me. Here, for example, blurred pictures, they have appeared because for years I was shooting while being drunk.” […]

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INTERVIEW: Sally Mann – “The Touch of an Angel” (2010)

Self Portraits The Touch of an Angel A Conversation between Sally Mann and Jiang Rong Jiang Rong: Looking at the five major bodies of work you have published so far, there is an underlying continuum among them. What was the original impulse that led you to use photography rather than writing as a medium to […]

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INTERVIEW: Robert Heinecken – “Photographist” Pt. I (1996)

Interviewed by Stephen K. Lehmer TAPE NUMBER: I, SIDE ONE, MARCH 2, 1996 LEHMER: Your family moves to Riverside in ’46, and in ’49 you attend Riverside [City] College, where you get an A. A. degree in art from ’49 to 51. HEINECKEN: Even in high school I was in a kind of college preparatory […]


ASX INTERVIEW: Gregory Halpern – “On Documentary Ethics” (2013)

From A, by Gregory Halpern ASX asks artists a single question, Cameron Van Loos begins with Gregory Halpern, April 2013 Cameron Van Loos: How do documentary ethics function within your photography? Gregory Halpern: To ask what one’s ethics are when making photographs of other people is as complicated as asking what one’s ethics are in […]

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INTERVIEW: Allen Frame – “ASX Interviews Allen Frame” (2013)

Jonas, London, 1995 Raphael Shammaa with Allen Frame for ASX, October 7, 2013 Raphael: Allen, you’ve accomplished a number of things in your career: photographer, curator, writer, director, producer of a highly acclaimed movie, called Four, which received awards at the Los Angeles, Urbanworld, and New Orleans Film Festivals. Let me ask you… are there enough […]

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LARRY CLARK: “Perfect Childhoods (Excerpt)” (2005)

Untitled (Muddy Girl, New Mexico) from Teenage Lust By Sudhir Mahadevan, excerpt from Where the Boys are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth (2005) Larry Clark has made three feature films that have been released commercially, Kids (1995), Another Day in Paradise (1998), and Bully (2001). Since Bully, he has directed a made-for-cable remake of one […]

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INTERVIEW: Larry Clark on ‘The Internet’ (excerpt) (2013)

Untitled (Hustling in Times Square), 1979 @ Larry Clark   Interview by Didier Péron, excerpt from Vogue Hommes International, Spring 2013 / Issue n°17 Are you fascinated by the web ? It’s a kids thing. I’ve just hit 70, and I’m more distanced from it, but if you want to understand our times you can’t […]



WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “Introduction to William Eggleston’s Guide” (1976)

Sumner, Mississippi, Cassidy Bayou in background By John Szarkowski At this writing I have not yet visited Memphis, or northern Mississippi, and thus have no basis for judging how closely the photographs in this book might seem to resemble that part of the world and the life that is lived there. I have, however, visited […]




JIM GOLDBERG: “Raised By Wolves as a Non-Fictional Multi-Media Narrative”

Destiny’s Shiny Bracelet, 1989 Raised By Wolves as a Non-Fictional Multi-Media Narrative By Sarah Wichlacz “It’s not like you can go home and watch TV.” (Unattributed handwritten quote from “Raised by Wolves” p.46) Jim Goldberg’s Raised by Wolves is purely narrative. It is a story, as true as any story can hope to be; it […]

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RICHARD PRINCE: “Lecture at ICP” (2014)

    BROOKE SHIELDS (SPIRITUAL AMERICA), 1983 Ektacolor print, 24 by 20 inches (after an original by commercial photographer Garry Gross) edition of 10 + 1 AP, executed in 1983 By Richard Prince Transcript from the ICP Lecture Series, Wednesday, April 2, 7:00pm School at ICP, Shooting Studio, 1114 Avenue of the Americas “Bummer” That’s a […]


CHRIS SHAW: “Life as a Night Porter” (2006)

By Doug Rickard, ASX, June 2010 The graveyard shift is no doubt a motherfucker. You try to force your body and its natural clock over to an artificial one but it never really adjusts so you just live in a weird sort of phantom world where everything is illuminated artificial light.  Perhaps this then makes […]


INTERVIEW: “Eyes Wide Open: Interview with John Szarkowski” (2006)

Eyes Wide Open: John Szarkowski – An influential photography curator and writer discusses some of the medium’s key figures and exhibitions By Mark Durden, Art in America, May, 2006 Mark Durden: Could you say something about how you saw your role at MOMA when you were appointed as Edward Steichen’s successor in 1962? You came […]


JACOB HOLDT: “Not Born in the USA – A Vagabond’s Views” (1986)

Not born in the USA – A Vagabond’s Views By Jon Vankin, The Daily Advocate, January 29, 1986 “The only thing that has any meaning for me in my journey is being together with these lonesome and shipwrecked souls. My photographic hobby is really nothing more than an exploitation of the suffering, which will probably […]

ASX.TV: Stephen Shore – “Behind the Mythology” (2013)

ASX.TV: Stephen Shore – “Behind the Mythology” (2013)

Stephen Shore is truly the photographers’ photographer. For over forty years, he has contributed his gift to the creative world through books, exhibitions and professorship. In this short documentary interview, Imagista’s director Heidi Hartwig dispels the mystery of the man behind the mythology. ASX CHANNEL: STEPHEN SHORE

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TAKUMA NAKAHIRA: “A Portrait of Takuma Nakahira” (2005)

By Masashi Kohara Who is Takuma Nakahira? A photographer of the bure, boke1 style. A member of the Provoke group. An essayist and photography critic, a political activist, a photographer who talked too much, a photographer who lost his memory, a photographer who forgot his mother tongue, a legend… Takuma Nakahira, who influenced many photographers […]


WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “Introduction to Ancient and Modern” (1992)

from Ancient and Modern William Eggleston: Introduction to Ancient and Modern By Mark Holborn William Eggleston was driving with the writer Stanley Booth from Georgia to Tennessee. It was 1978 and Eggleston had acquired an early Kodak instant camera. He started to photograph out of the window of the car and pointed the camera at […]

ASX.TV: Todd Hido – “Working in the Vicinty of Narrative” (2014)

ASX.TV: Todd Hido – “Working in the Vicinty of Narrative” (2014)

  Artist Todd Hido discusses his work and his latest monograph, Excerpts from Silver Meadows (Nazraeli, 2013), with gallerist, lecturer, writer and editor Darius Himes. Named for a street in the Ohio neighborhood where the artist grew up, Excerpts looks back on Hido’s upbringing and his dawning awareness of “the darker aspects of life beyond.” […]

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REVIEW: Michael Schmelling – “Land Line” (2014)

  By Ellen Wallenstein, review of Land Line for ASX, April 2014 Land Line by Michael Schmelling is the photographer’s third volume published by J&L Books. Jason Fulford, the principal of J&L, is a quirky, brilliant man. His choice of artists, books and publications is very particular and peculiar. In his own and others’ work, […]

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INTERVIEW: “Conversation with Dirk Braeckman” (1998)

E.R.-G.E.-95 Conversation with Dirk Braeckman and Erik Eelbode From z.Z(t). Ludion, Ghent / Amsterdam, 1998 Is it really the role of an artist who is still active to talk about his own motivations? As a source, he is suspect. With a view to an ‘endangered’ future, it is probably preferable that art critics, in particular, […]

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INTERVIEW: “Interview with Sergio Leone” (1987)

From Once Upon a Time in the West Interview with Sergio Leone By Marlaine Glicksman The release of Django: Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s most-recent mash-up of spaghetti western and blaxploitation genres, about a slave turned bounty hunter who seeks to avenge his wife’s enslavement, reminds us of the reach the cinema of Sergio Leone has had. […]

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KEIZO KITAJIMA: “USSR 1991″ (2012)

USSR 1991 In the fall of 1990, Keizo Kitajima received a commission from Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper to visit the Soviet Union, the opportunity to spend a year documenting both people and places in what was then a monolithic entity. 15 republics, 11 time zones, and thousands of miles spanning the two—the task was daunting […]