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ASX INTERVIEW: “Antoinette de Jong and Robert Knoth” (2012)

By Paul Loomis exclusively for ASX, Interview conducted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 Antoinette De Jong and Robert Knoth are the authors of a book called “Poppy: The Trails of Afghan Heroin” that has transformed the way we think about photojournalism.  It doesn’t fall victim to the reporter’s myopia of five hundred word stories three […]

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SCOT SOTHERN: “LOWLIFE”

  Scot Sothern’s Lowlife is an illustrated memoir of dysfunction, a confession of a befuddled white guy maintaining a precarious connection to propriety and fatherhood while side-tripping into noirish infatuations. Sothern’s images, shot mostly in Southern California between 1986 and 1990, record the existence of these disenfranchised Americans, men and women, hawking souls for the […]

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Frances B. Johnston: “Photographs”

[nggallery id=458] New Orleans and environs.   Frances “Fannie” Benjamin Johnston (15 January 1864 – 16 May 1952) was one of the earliest American female photographers and photojournalists.

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Jem Cohen Interviews Leon Levinstein (1988)

“One thing I always try to do, if possible, is never to speak mildly or softly. I don’t think any photographer should. You should speak loud and clear. And that’s the way I try to take my pictures.” Jem Cohen: In the mid-1980s, when I first came to New York and lived with my brother, […]

 
 
 

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Katrien de Blauwer: The Slowly Cinematic Anti-Narrative; Fragmentary Discourse

 Standing in front of mirrors, learning to speak alien words by watching our mouths form sounds. The same mirror that is lethal, severing the rest of her body from its mouth. By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, April 2015 There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. -Alfred Hitchcock Perusing images with […]

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Tiane Doan Na Champassak: Marauder of the Flaming Babylon, Calcutta Death Trip

We exist in this sinkhole of economic disparity, careening along needles and rocks, the disease creeping through the cracks on the soles of our feet.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, April 2015 The perfect memory was watching your family crumpled up and burning on a ghat, the vultures swarming to the feast of your children. […]

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Ren Hang and the Production of the Hidden Idealized Body in China

 To act out of one’s desire that has been purposefully cloaked under ideology is in fact a direct transgression against the state.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, April 2015 First, let it be said that this oversize production by dienacht of Ren Hang’s work is lush and beautifully crafted. The pages overlap and folds of […]

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Geert Goiris and the Infallible Terror Dome

Within the Goiris’ works, we can consider a primordial slithering out of the first cave on two legs, a walk out into the world in which every element is against our survival. Like Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” there is a new calibration of meaning to nameless shadows.   Flash Bulb memories, Ash Grey Prophesies, […]

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Bruce Davidson Talks to ASX about Exploring, Entering a World and Earning Your Dues

“Look, I’m kind of an explorer. I’m entering a world and it takes time.”   A Magnum photographer, Bruce Davidson has been renowned since the late fifties for his photographs of gangs in Brooklyn, and subsequent projects including New York’s East 100th street, circus performers, civil rights marchers and the bad old days of the […]

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The 1970’s Roller Skaters of “Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink”

  Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink “I had just purchased a Yashica Mat at a pawnshop and as usual I was out riding around looking for something to shoot. I happened upon an old wooden structure built in the 30’s in rural southern Hillsborough County (Tampa, FL) – the sign read Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink. That […]

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Challenging State Power and the Passivity of Citizens in ‘Covert Operations’

Nucelear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility, Cherenkov Radiation, Hanford Site, U.S. Department of Energy, Southeastern Washington State, 2005/2007 @ Taryn Simon and courtesy Gagosian Gallery   “Whatever our personal weaknesses may be, the nobility of our craft will always be rooted in two commitments, difficult to maintain; the refusal to lie about what one knows and […]

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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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The Blood Red Procession Marches On in the Third City of God

@ Juan Diego Valera There is the stretch of grain, the hint of digital noise, and the ocular insolence of a mouse being lost in the jaws of a snake’s culinary embrace.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, January 2015 The edifice is indeed colossal in the work of Juan Diego Valera. Diente De Chucho (Tooth Pooch) […]

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Robert Knoth & Antoinette DeJong – “POPPY: Trails of Afghan Heroin” (2012)

Poppy claims to trace the Afghan the entire recent history of the opium trade, to describe trafficking routes and opium’s impact on millions of people. It claims to do all of this on an enormous scale; across 13 countries and with more than 17 years of on-the-ground reportage.   Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin By […]

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REVIEW: Jo Metson Scott – “The Grey Line”

from The Grey Line The Grey Line Jo Metson Scott By Elizabeth Breiner for ASX, October 2013 The last few years have seen a surge in photography projects from the front lines, Afghanistan in particular, as a growing number of soldiers have found in the viewfinder a welcome reprieve from the insular solitude of their […]

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JULIUS SHULMAN: “SO CAL”

  Julius Shulman (October 10, 1910 – July 15, 2009) was an American architectural photographer best known for his photograph “Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, 1960. Pierre Koenig, Architect.” The house is also known as the Stahl House. Shulman’s photography spread California Mid-century modern around the world. Through his many books, exhibits and personal […]

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JULIUS BORN: “TEXAN PORTRAITS”

[nggallery id=369] Photographer Julius Born. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, crediting River Valley Pioneer Museum, Canadian, Texas.

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“WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP EXCERPTS”

  A selection of photographs produced by Charles Van Schaick between 1890 and 1910 that were used in the book Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy (1973). There are approximately 5,600 glass plates in the Charles Van Schaick collection preserved at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Jackson County Historical Society.

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KEIZO KITAJIMA: “USSR 1991″ (2012)

  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 in […]

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Arianna Arcara & Luca Santese – “Found Photos in Detroit”

It was not so very long ago that Detroit was among the most august of American cities.   By Vladimir Gintoff, ASX, September 2013 It was not so very long ago that Detroit was among the most august of American cities. Once the home of two million people and the country’s fourth largest metropolis, Detroit’s […]

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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 […]

 
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Hugh Holland. Angels. Street. Skate. Seventies. (2006)

“It was in 1975, while driving along Laurel Canyon Boulevard, that Holland became aware of the young boys swooping and swirling along the drained pools.”   By Margarita Nieto, originally published in ArtScene, February 2006 Wingless “Angels” hang from an infinitely blue firmament, their nubile bodies twist and crouch in mid-turn on the edges of […]

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ASX.TV: Stacy Kranitz – “Study on Post Pubescent Manhood”

A trailer for “The Study on Post Pubescent Manhood” by Stacy Kranitz. I met Jerimy at a dystopian compound in Ohio and invited myself to his home in Tennessee. Over the course of several years we have built a relationship that forms the narrative of this feature length film. It reveals myself as a filmmaker […]

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ASX.TV: “The Photo Man” (2013)

ASX.TV: “The Photo Man” (2013)

Mark Kologi has collected and sold millions of forgotten personal photos of complete strangers. Produced & Directed by Ben Kitnick Cinematography & Editing by Saxon Richardson Music by Markus Rennemann Special Thanks: Melrose Trading Post Mark Kologi

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Aaron McElroy – “I Lied” (2014)

By Brad Feuerhelm for ASX, March 2014 Aaron McEroy’s new book “I lied” is beautifully designed by Jurgen Maelfeyt for Art Paper Editions. It is a inspired continuation of McElroy’s supreme visions of poetic pantone flesh and subdued eroticism. Greatly enabled by a shift in focus towards new frontiers in metaphor due to the inclusion […]

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ROBERT FRANK: “Robert Frank’s America” (1982)

By Jno Cook, originally published in Afterimage, March, 1982 “What do you want from a county with only two hundred years of history?” – My Father Robert Frank’s The Americans, which I think is the most important single effort in photography in this century, is also the most enigmatic. For 24 years the book has […]