Follow Your Hard-On: An Interview with Scot Sothern (2013)

Follow Your Hard-On: An Interview with Scot Sothern By Paul Kwiatkowski Photographer Scot Sothern’s debut memoir Curb Service empathetically captures the pathos of an aspiring provocateur adrift in contemporary America. Beginning in the 1980s, the book recounts Scot’s initial drive to photograph prostitutes and his path to single fatherhood on the skids. The interactions between […]

Alex Prager: “When Los Angeles is Seen by a Local Eye”

  Compulsion #1, 2012 © Alex Prager, courtesy M+B Gallery She admits not to have chosen her full name Alexandra as ‘there are a lot of people who are more comfortable working with a man’. By Elena Dolcini, originally published at tyci.org.uk, reproduced with permission on ASX Alex Prager is an American artist born, living and […]

An Interview with Rineke Dijkstra (2012)

One
 of 
the
 things
 that
 Rineke 
Dijkstra 
does 
when 
she 
makes 
her photographs
 is 
eliminate
 contextual
 detail
 or 
minimize 
it.   Transcript
 of 
Rineke 
Dijkstra:
 A
 Retrospective  Solomon 
R.
 Guggenheim
 Museum, 
New
York June 
29 –October
 8,
 2012 Jennifer
 Blessing,
 Senior
 Curator,
Photography:
 Rineke 
Dijkstra:
 A
 Retrospective
 is
 a
 mid‐career 
survey 
of 
this
 important 
Dutch 
photographer’s 
work 
and 
it […]

Tony-Ray Jones: “A Day Off: An English Journal” (1974)

Blackpool, Lancashire,1968 ‘I want my pictures to bite like the images in Bunuel’s films which disturb you while making you think. I want them to have poignancy and sharpness but with humour on top.’ – Tony Ray-Jones By Ainslie Ellis, originally published as the introduction in A Day Off, and English Journal, 1974. In San Francisco […]

Helen Levitt: “Slideshow” (excerpt)

New York,  c. 1971 By M. Darsie Alexander, excerpt from Slideshow: Projected Images in Contemporary Art, 2005 For most of her career, Levitt photographed in black and white, distilling her compositions into subtle gradations and contrasts. That all changed when she received a Guggenheim award in 1959 (renewed the following year), which she used to […]

Interview: Larry Clark on ‘The Internet’ (excerpt) (2013)

Untitled (Hustling in Times Square), 1979 @ Larry Clark   Interview by Didier Péron, excerpt from Vogue Hommes International, Spring 2013 / Issue n°17 Are you fascinated by the web ? It’s a kids thing. I’ve just hit 70, and I’m more distanced from it, but if you want to understand our times you can’t […]

They Have Magic: A Conversation with Zhang Xiao (2013)

“Because we are of the same era. I am also one of them. I can see my own reflection in them. They are always there in my life.”   This is a transcript of a recorded conversation between Sydney-based curator Pedro de Almeida and Chinese artist Zhang Xiao that took place in central Chengdu, Sichuan […]

Francis Bacon and ‘Narrative’, the Natural Enemy of Vision

“I do not want to avoid telling a story, but I want very, very much to do the thing that Valery said – to give the sensation without the boredom of its conveyance. And the moment the story enters, the boredom comes upon you.” – Francis Bacon By Ernst Van Alphen, brief excerpts from Francis […]

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 through the fifties sixties and […]

Luigi Ghirri: ‘Kodachrome’ (2013)

Egmond am Zee, 1973     Despite exposure in Europe during his lifetime, Ghirri remained relatively unknown outside of Italy. More than a decade after his death in 1992, galleries throughout Europe presented his work, and Aperture published his first monograph in English. By Allie Haeusslein, Associate Director at Pier 24 Photography, June 2013 The […]

Bill Owens: “American Photography and the American Dream” (excerpt) (1991)

The people in Owen’s book Suburbia, are still under the “spell” of the American Dream. They live in California suburban communities where, according to Owens, “everyone… lives ‘the good life’, which means having attractive homes, high paying jobs, swimming pools and shiny cars.”   By James Guimond, excerpt from American Photography and the American Dream, […]