An Interview with Sergio Leone (1987)

From Once Upon a Time in the West   It is this unmitigated violence that marks and unites both Leone’s and Tarantino’s work. Though when asked by a Time critic why his films were so violent, Leone simply pointed to a double-page color spread of a young black man being gunned down by police and […]

Diane Arbus: “Essential Mysteries (Excerpt)” (2011)

One of Arbus’s last series of photographs was of the institutionalized mentally retarded, whom she found “the strangest combination of grownup and child” she’d ever seen.   By William Todd Schultz, excerpt from An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus, 2011 Essential Mysteries One of photographer Diane Arbus’s first pictures, she […]

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 […]

Paul Schiek – ‘Dead Men Don’t Look Like Me’ (2012)

Paul Schiek is no stranger to the practice of appropriation; he studied under Larry Sultan – who collaborated with Mike Mandel to produce Evidence, a collection of found and recontextualized images.   By Allie Haeusslein, Gallery Manager at Pier 24 Photography “[A] photograph is only a fragment, and with the passage of time its moorings come […]

SANDER MEISNER: “Botanica” (2012)

        Botanica Sander Meisner 52 pp / 237 x 280 mm Perfect Bound with Dust Jacket Colour Offset ISBN 978-1-908889-00-3 Limited Edition of 500   By Paul Loomis, October, 2012 Botanica documents wooded spaces that are usually ignored – strips of trees between highways and behind gas stations, deserted gardens outside of […]

Walker Evans – The Poetry of Plain Seeing (2000)

“While Evans gave much effort to photographing poor people, their houses, rooms and the things they made, it is far from clear that poverty is the point of his best pictures.”   By Leo Rubinfien, originally published in Art in America, December 2000 A traveling retrospective (2000) prompts the author to recall the austere formalist–and […]

ASX.TV: “The Archive of Modern Conflict” (2012)

Concealed within a west London house is a huge archive, largely made up of vernacular photographs but also including all manner of other unexpected objects with stories behind them. Timothy Prus and Edwin Jones explain the origin of the collection and pick out some randomly selected examples to give an impression of the extraordinary range […]