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Slicing, Splicing and Dicing in ‘The Bungalow’

a view from The Bungalow @ Anouk Kruithof   I could lament on a narrative that these images might convey – a sort of comment on the very conception of human life, of birth and rebirth and memory and the way each of us will find a different meaning for these images – but that would, […]

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The Pain of Loss is a Mother, Fucker.

@ Peter Watkins   You tow the loss like the Rock of Gibraltar around your neck hoping it doesn’t pull your body to the black emptiness at the bottom of the ocean. At times you struggle against the algae and various plankton that want a piece of you to feed on while you gasp for […]

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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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Alec Soth’s ‘Songbook’ at Sean Kelly Gallery

Near Gainesville, Georgia, , 2014 archival pigment print mounted to Dibond framed: 45 x 37 x 2 1/4 inches (114.3 x 94 x 5.7 cm) © Alec Soth, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York   By Shahrzad Kamel, February 2015 Following the critical acclaim for Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi his oeuvre has become very wide […]

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ASX.TV: Alec Soth on ‘Songbook’

“A lot of the language surrounding Songbook is about community and American culture…and that stuff’s in there, but actually what I wanted to do with it is talk to something more primal, more internal, and more about the human condition than the American condition. It’s the great problem of consciousness.” —Alec Soth   Alec Soth […]

ASX.TV – Jim Goldberg Follows a Stranger

ASX.TV – Jim Goldberg Follows a Stranger

Video by Jim Goldberg and Brandon Tauszik Produced by Sprinkle Lab Courtesy of the artist and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York Eric William Carroll: Chicken (Inspired by Jim Goldberg) “Choose a person, preferably a stranger, to make a portrait of. After securing their permission, begin photographing them. Ask them to try a few poses, move the […]

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Shopping with Andy Warhol (1988)

    There was no logical reason to limit the collection, for any reasons of quantity or bulk.   Shopping with Andy By Stuart Pivar, originally published in volume five of the Sotheby’s Andy Warhol Collection 1988 auction catalogue Andy Warhol loved to buy art. We used to go shopping for it together for a […]

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Raymond Pettibon on Zines, Manifest Destiny and Teaching Math (2011)

  “The tracks divided the good and bad parts of town. I wasn’t exactly on the good side. You weren’t encouraged to play around the demarcation lines.”   Interview with Raymond Pettibon By Eric Nelson When I was 15, I became obsessed with Black Flag, playing everything up until “My War” on full blast at […]

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Ed Ruscha on Route 66, Making Books and “Choppy Movement”

Interior view of Every Building on the Sunset Strip by Ed Ruscha     “Yes, which was my–you know, Route 66, I’ve had a great affection for that road because of its connection between the places I’ve been and worked.”     Excerpt from an Oral history interview with Edward Ruscha, 1980 October 29-1981 October 2, […]

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A Conversation Between Lewis Baltz and John Gossage (2010)

From Lewis Baltz Works (2010), Lewis Baltz   “For me the word ‘photographer’ talks about the means of delivering certain kinds of information, feelings and such. If you’re consistently focused on the means of delivery, it means you’re not getting the message across very clearly.” – John Gossage   Interview by Monte Packham Lewis Baltz […]

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INTERVIEW: “Interview with Glen E. Friedman” (2010)

Jay Adams, Rancho Park, W. Los Angeles, CA, May 1978 “So my advice is if you really love (art) keep doing it, and if it’s not your life then get the fuck out of it.”   By Daniel Rolnik, November 2010   D: You are known for using your Pentax k1000 camera, but what film […]

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INTERVIEW: “Mister Freedom – An Interview with William Klein” (2008)

Mister freedom: An Interview with William Klein By Jared Rapfogel, Cineaste, September 22, 2008 Though he made films with great regularity for a full four decades, characterizing William Klein’s position in the cinematic firmament is a tricky endeavor, thanks partly to the unusual paths his life has taken, and partly to his own creative restlessness […]

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INTERVIEW: “John Tusa Interviews David Hockney” (2004)

John Tusa Interviews David Hockney As an artist David Hockney is easy to get wrong. For years viewers have responded to the extrovert hedonism of his California pictures, the swimming pools, the sensual lifestyle, the uninhibited colours, the recognisable images. Hockney too has always been recognised as a wonderful draftsman. At a time when some […]

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INTERVIEW: “Jacob Holdt – American Pictures” (1993)

By Ronald Netsky In the early 1970s, while vagabonding around the United States, Jacob Holdt would write to his parents in Denmark about the unspeakable poverty he witnessed. But his parents didn’t always believe what he wrote.”They sent me a little pocket camera for my birthday and asked me to send some pictures home,” said […]

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INTERVIEW: “A Conversation with Richard Prince” (1992)

Untitled Cowboy  A Conversation with Richard Prince This interview is excerpted from a public conversation with Richard Prince, recorded at the Whitney Museum of American Art, May 13, 1992.   BW: I want to ask you about the concept of permission. You have often said that you didn’t require “permission” to do things that in […]

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REVIEW: M.F.G. Paltrinieri & Mirko Smerdel – “The Looking Game” (2013)

  “What makes these pictures so unsettling?” A book with photographs taken by a serial killer connected to texts written by John Berger, which also happens to be the alias the killer was using when committing his crimes? I am certainly intrigued…   Fanny Landstrom interviews photography collector Brad Feuerhelm for ASX on M.F.G Paltrinieri’s […]

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INTERVIEW: “Conversation with Camilo Jose Vergara”

Front St. and North St., Camden, New Jersey, 1982 Conversation with Ilan Stavans and Camilo Jose Vergara STAVANS: Camillo Jose Vergara, you are a photographer of the American city, a city often in a state of decay. You were also born in Chile. As an outsider, does that affect the way you see the American […]

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Todd Hido and the “Art of Darkness” (2006)

Todd Hido: Art of Darkness By Justin Berton, February 1, 2006 From the outside, Todd Hido’s home looks perfectly normal. You might even pass it by without a second thought. Hido lives in a warm-blue Rockridge dwelling with his wife, Nina, and their three-year-old twins, Owen and Audrey. The neighborly artifice has all the broad […]

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NAN GOLDIN: “SURVEY”

American photographer. Goldin began taking photographs as a teenager in Boston, MA. During a period of study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she began displaying her work in the format of a slide-show, an evolving project that would later be called The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. (All rights reserved. […]

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ROBERT FRANK: “The Photographer in the Beat-Hipster Idiom – Robert Frank’s The Americans”

from ‘The Americans’ @ Robert Frank   Frank’s personality, described by Joyce Johnson as a blend of “European dourness and pessimistic wit,” certainly helped to focus his photographic vision.   By George Cotkin, Professor, Postwar United States Intellectual and Cultural History, California Polytechnic State University Few analysts have captured the sadness, tensions, ironies and possibilities […]

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RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD: “Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice (excerpt)” (2011)

By Rebekah Modrak, Bill Anthes, excerpt from Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice, 2011 Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925-1972) spent three months looking through an unfocused camera in order to “learn to see No-Focus.” Working roughly 30 years before Uta Barth, Meatyard, an optician who practiced photography, began the project because of his initial attraction to the […]

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INTERVIEW: Fred Herzog – “In His Own Words” (excerpts)

Man with Bandage, 1968 Fred Herzog In His Own Words, from interviews with John Mackie of the Vancouver Sun in June, 2005, and January, 2007 On Photography “Photographic finesse has its place, but it can also get in the way. I was trying to show vitality. The pictures are about content, and more content. And […]

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REVIEW: Two Perspectives on Antoine d’Agata’s – “ANTICORPS” at Le Bal (2013)

By Guillaume Blanc, ASX Paris, February 2013 Antoine d’Agata – The drifting mankind With the exhibition Anticorps, Le Bal shows, from 24th January to 14th april 2013, the work of Antoine d’Agata under the form of a monumental installation. The ground floor is conceived as an airlock of acclimatization prior to encountering  the stark violence […]

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FRED HERZOG: “Color”

Fred Herzog (b. September 21, 1930, Stuttgart, Germany) is a photographer known primarily for his photos of life in Vancouver, Canada. He was employed as a medical photographer by day, and on evenings and weekends he took his camera to the streets, documenting daily life as he observed it.

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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 […]

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INTERVIEW: “An Interview with Robert Adams (Excerpt)” (2011)

Denver, Colorado, 1973   “Having a book allows you to prove that you’re not just a one or two picture photographer.”   An Interview with Alexa Dilworth of the Center for Documentary Studies, April, 2011 (Excerpt) How is having a book of one’s own photographs published important to a photographer? RA: It allows you to […]

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DAVID GOLDBLATT: “Paris” (2011)

By Baptiste Lignel for ASX Upon walking into the office of the Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris, one faces a very large digital print, literally nailed to the wall. A large brown metal oval shape seems to have landed over the ruins of a city. The contrast is striking between the two halves of the […]

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REVIEW: Asger Carlsen – “Hester” (2012)

    “I am tired of photography.” – Asger Carlsen   By Paul Loomis, ASX, February 2013 Asger Carlsen’s new book, Hester, features twenty-one impossible photographs.  Their subjects are almost humorously mangled yet unbloodied human bodies.  The first image is a pile of plump flesh with stretch marks, mounded in globs atop a bipod consisting […]

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

ASX.TV: Juergen Teller – “Araki Teller Teller Araki” (2014)

ASX.TV: Juergen Teller – “Araki Teller Teller Araki” (2014)

April 4, 2014, Galerie OstLicht: opening ceremony of the show ARAKI TELLER TELLER ARAKI featuring works of two of the most important photographers of our times: Juergen Teller and Nobuyoshi Araki. The exhibition is showing new works conceived for this joint exhibition and entering into an artistic dialogue. Nobuyoshi Araki and Juergen Teller are united […]

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REVIEW: 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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REVIEW: Thomas Ruff – “photograms and ma.r.s.” (2013)

3D-ma.r.s.08, 2013, courtesy of David Zwirner, NYC By Vladimir Gintoff, ASX NYC, April 2013 The German photographer Thomas Ruff is the anomalous schoolchild of the Dusseldorf Art Academy and Bernd and Hilla Becher’s tutelage. Breaking and reinventing the rules of photography for over three decades, his body of work remains peerless in its insight, diversity […]

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WILLIAM GEDNEY: “Journal Entries on Kentucky, Sex and Diane Arbus”

A Notebook of Journal Entries by William Gedney … “Exhaustion is apparent on every hand – exhaustion of soil, exhaustion of men, exhaustion of hopes. Weariness and lethargy have settled closer. Everywhere the nation, engulfed in its money-making and international politics, has paid no noticeable heed to its darkest area.” Harry M. Caudill from Night […]