John Szarkowski On Robert Frank’s Book ‘The Americans'” (1986)

I saw it I suppose very shortly after it was published, when I was still working as a photographer myself, and it was, frankly, shocking. I sensed the power in it, and the authority about it but there was much about it that I didn’t like… The Americans was received with mixed critical reaction. Not […]

An Interview with Cristina de Middel (2013)

“My work is more based on sequencing than in experiencing the aesthetics of the images so the book seems to be my perfect solution, plus, it is and object and the possibility of translating a concept or idea into something you can touch, smell, tear apart or archive makes it really interesting and complete.” Brad […]

An Interview with Fred Herzog – ‘In His Own Words’ (excerpts)

“I was aware I was taking art. That’s the conceit of young people. I knew that what I am doing is not only unique, but that someday I’m going to unpack that and shock people with it.”   Fred Herzog In His Own Words, from interviews with John Mackie of the Vancouver Sun in June, […]

Walker Evans – The Poetry of Plain Seeing (2000)

“While Evans gave much effort to photographing poor people, their houses, rooms and the things they made, it is far from clear that poverty is the point of his best pictures.”   By Leo Rubinfien, originally published in Art in America, December 2000 A traveling retrospective (2000) prompts the author to recall the austere formalist–and […]

Antoine d’Agata – Until the World No Longer Exists

“A photograph is nothing but a lie. The space is cut off, the time, manipulated. They are two uncontrollably false appearances of an image condemned to choose between hypocrisy ­ and good conscience ­ and being fake.” – Antoine d’Agata  “What we see is not made up of what we are seeing but rather from […]

An Interview with Walker Evans Pt. 1 (1971)

“I was damn well going to be an artist and I wasn’t going to be a businessman.”   Interview Excerpt from, Leslie Katz with Walker Evans, 1971. Leslie Katz: You took photographs of whatever interested you? Walker Evans: Oh yes. I was a passionate photographer, and for a while somewhat guiltily. I thought it was […]

Roger Ballen – ‘Shadow Chamber’ (2007)

Twirling Wires, 2001   This demonstrates in a fresh and very personal way photography’s intrinsic ability to lead beyond our usual conception of reality without resorting to visual exaggeration.   Roger Ballen’s Shadow Chamber By Robert Fleck, Originally Published, Eikon Issue 57 – March 2007 Seeing Roger Ballen’s extensive portfolio Shadow Chamber – made over […]

Lise Sarfati – ‘The New Life Interview’ (2011)

Sloane #34, Oakland CA   “Suddenly when I tried to speak with people they would not answer me. So there we were completely isolated in America while the US was at war.”   By Robert Wiedenfeld for ASX, March 2011 Robert Wiedenfeld: Initially how did the concept develop for The New Life (La Vie Nouvelle)? […]

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 […]