WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “The Tender-Cruel Camera”

The choice of subject matter seemed to some critics to be totally indiscriminate, as though William Eggleston has applied no criteria at all.   William Eggleston: The Tender-Cruel Camera By Thomas Weski ‘I don’t particularly like what’s around me.’ I said that could be a good reason to take pictures. He said: ‘You know, that’s […]

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 […]

DIANE ARBUS: “Where Diane Arbus Went” (2005)

A family on their lawn one Sunday in Westchester, N.Y., 1968 Where Diane Arbus Went: A Comprehensive Retrospective, prompts the author to reconsider the short yet powerfully influential career of a photographer whose “fascination with eccentricity and masquerade brought her into an unforeseeable convergence with her era, and made her one of its essential voices. By […]

TONY STAMOLIS: “Frezno” (2008)

 FREZNO IS WACK.   By Doug Rickard, for ASX, 2008 Take a fast-drive into a cement wall… broken AC / sweat stained moustache drippin’ – ugly streets& stupid palm trees standin’ in a row tellin’ you to run away from here!  Dirt in your ratty hair – Mexican blood on your vinyl seat –broken glass […]

“The Photographic Idea: Reconsidering Conceptual Photography” (1999)

Afterimage, March-April, 1999 by Lucy Soutter “They were there simply to indicate a radical art that had already vanished. The photograph was necessary only as a residue for communication.” – Dennis Oppenheim on his use of photographs.(1) This statement by Dennis Oppenheim introduces the paradox inherent in any discussion of photography within Conceptual Art. Since […]

“Back West: Reviewing American Landscape Photography” (1997)

Robert Adams Back West: Reviewing American Landscape Photography Afterimage, Sept-Oct, 1997 by Stephen Longmire “The West to me is where the landscape is,” Lee Friedlander writes in his new book of landscape photographs of the Sonora, The Desert Seen.(1) The sentiment is so characteristically American that it is difficult not to take it ironically, coming […]

INTERVIEW: “Oral History Interview with Imogen Cunningham – June 9th, 1975”

Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Interview with Imogen Cunningham Conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom and Louise Katzman At the Artist’s home in San Francisco, California June 9, 1975 The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview with Imogen Cunningham on June […]