Lee Friedlander: “Just Look At It” (2005)

By Rod Slemmons Lee Friedlander was born in the logging mill town of Aberdeen, Washington in 1934. He began photographing in 1948 because of a “fascination with the equipment,” in his words. His first paid job was a Christmas card photograph of a dog for a local madam named Peggy Plus. He later attended the […]

W. EUGENE SMITH: “W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh Photographs” (2001)

W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh Photographs Carnegie, Nov/Dec 2001 by Ellen S. Wilson “Don’t expect,” wrote photographer W Eugene Smith, “a point-by-point hand-led tour. This is an experience as an intensely curious visitor (perhaps a new resident) might discover it.” Smith wrote those notes to himself as he began his Pittsburgh project, what he later called […]

PAUL GRAHAM: “Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult” (2009)

  By Paul Graham It’s so easy it’s ridiculous. It’s so easy that I can’t even begin – I just don’t know where to start. After all, it’s just looking at things. We all do that. It’s simply a way of recording what you see – point the camera at it, and press a button. […]

INTERVIEW: “Thomas Ruff talks to Philip Pocock” (1993)

Thomas Ruff talks to Philip Pocock (1993) Philip Pocock: Unlike the Neue Sachlichkeit of Sander or Renger-Patzsch, there is a clear crisis of belief in the objectivity of your medium in your work. True or false? Thomas Ruff: It’s both. It’s true and false. They also used the camera as an instrument to take pictures. […]