"Arbus reveals the powerful ability of photography to lie, but also it is a testimony of how the lie is not mere betrayal, but a far-reaching human necessity to escape factual reality, the human urge to create and believe in stories, to draw mythical worlds and the inter-subjective life’s...
'Like a One Eyed Cat', Lee Friedlander - Out of the Cool
Haverstraw, New York, 1966
Friedlander is a photographer, never forget. Although a major photographic artist, he is not an ‘artist utilising photography.’ He uses the camera, that unthinking machine, to transcribe his visual perceptions of the world.
Out of the Cool - Lee Friedlander at the V&A
By Gerry Badger, from Creative...
Diane Arbus - Flirt, Flash & Mirror (2013)
Diane Arbus at "Love-In," Central Park, New York 1969 @ The Estate of Garry Winogrand
Arbus hunts out forms that can be judged as impure, hidden from the view of everyday onlookers. Whilst transsexuals, tattoos and prostitutes are now very much part of the "Official Institution of the Conventional Archetype...
Lee Friedlander: Photography and the Aesthetics of Abstract Painting (2012)
New York City, 1963. Lee Friedlander (Fig. 2)
What I have been trying to argue is not intended as a criticism of Friedlander’s work nor as a challenge to his status within the world of (art) photography. If anything it is a challenge to the ideas that held such sway...
William Klein: "Life is Good & Good for You in New York" (2010)
Everything about him suggests an anarchic temperament, capable of playing any worldly system to the hilt and then throwing away its benefits.
Brought to ASX by Errata Editions. Full essay included in Books on Books #5 William Klein: Life is Good...New York!
By Max Kozloff, Excerpt from William Klein and the Radioactive...
William Eggleston: NY MOMA Press Release (1976)
"These photographs are clearly fixed facts of the real world impartially recorded by the camera, but they are something more as well."
William Eggleston: Introduction to 'Ancient and Modern' (1992)
"In the late Sixties Eggleston turned to the use of color transparency film and photographed prolifically.
William Eggleston: Introduction to Ancient and Modern
By Mark Holborn
William Eggleston was driving with the writer Stanley Booth from Georgia to Tennessee. It was 1978 and Eggleston had acquired an early Kodak instant camera. He...
William Klein: The New York School - Photographs, 1936-1963 (1992)
"I wanted to be visible in the biggest way possible. My aesthetics was the New York Daily News. I saw the book I wanted to do as a tabloid gone berserk, gross, grainy, over-inked, with a brutal layout, bull-horn headlines. This is what New York deserved and would get."
Lee Friedlander Puts Your Selfies to Shame
"At first, my presence in my photos was fascinating and disturbing. But as time passed and I was more a part of other ideas in my photos, I was able to add a giggle to those feelings."
- Lee Friedlander
Lee Friedlander: Self Portrait
Museum of Modern Art
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Notes from the Margin of Spoiled Identity - The Art of Diane Arbus (1988)
"I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do, that was one of my favourite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse."
- Diane Arbus
By Gerry Badger, Originally Published in Phototexts, 1988
The principal issue raised by the remarkable photographs of Diane Arbus...