Andreas Gursky and ‘The Iron Cage of Boredom’

The Rhine II, 1999 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’.   The Iron Cage of Boredom By Julian Stallabrass There is something very straightforward about Andreas Gursky’s photographs. […]

Educating Larry Clark (2007)

still image from Impaled @ Larry Clark   Educating Larry Clark By Philippa Hawker, originally published in The Age, September 2007 The Destricted project was, in many ways, an invitation to go too far – to test boundaries and to step outside them. It’s a feature film made up of seven short works by seven […]

NAGANO SHIGEICHI : “Nagano’s Tokyo” (2014)

Nagano workers at 5:00 PM, 1959 By Caille Milner, for ASX, May 2014 Why does Tokyo look so unfamiliar in Nagano Shigeichi’s photographs? He used no slights of hand; followed no special methodology. His influences were the usual ones for his generation — William Eugene Smith, Life magazine, celebrated Japanese photojournalists like Kimura Ihei and […]

Thomas Ruff: Aesthetic of the Pixel

Ruff has done a great deal to introduce into photographic art what we might call an ‘art of the pixel’, allowing us to contemplate at an aesthetic and philosophical level the basic condition of the electronic image.   By David Campany, originally published in IANN magazine No.2, 2008 The photographic art of Thomas Ruff makes […]

Larry Clark’s Memory

Memory is largely based on lived experience. We remember important events that mark the passage of time, and as we get further away from those events our memories may be distorted; we lose details and make additions along the way. By Megan Bradley, first published  in Volume 3 of the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History […]

Notes on Five Key Jean-Michel Basquiat Works

Untitled (Head), 1981 His paintings proclaimed the existence of a more basic truth locked within a given event or thought. The Defining Years: Notes on Five Key Works By Fred Hoffman The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic Just because the body is rotten— That is all fantasy. What is found now […]

Larry Clark: “Perfect Childhoods (Excerpt)” (2005)

Untitled (Muddy Girl, New Mexico) from Teenage Lust Clark’s aging sentient body, naked or otherwise, is central to his project to reclaim and live teenage life. 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), […]

Robert Frank: “Unpleasant Connections” (1991)

“In Butte, Montana, he photographed a slovenly, middle-aged woman in her car with a sullen child staring out of the window behind her. He showed a bench full of decrepit old people in St. Petersburg, Florida, staring at nothing in particular while a shiny new Pontiac whizzed by on the street behind them.”   By […]

Brassai – ‘The Surrealist Observer’ (Excerpt) (1998)

Brassai always insisted that none of his photographs was posed…   By Marja Warehime, excerpt from Brassai: Images of Culture and the Surrealist Observer Brassai always insisted that none of his photographs was posed, and there is no reason to believe that he behaved differently with the toughs in the rue de Lappe then he […]

On Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Excerpt) (1997)

  Williams wrote me that there was a photographer there who took pictures of children and American flags in attics.   Excerpt from The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays By Guy Davenport When I moved to Lexington in 1964 the poet Jonathan Williams wrote me that there was a photographer there who took pictures […]