Larry Clark: “Perfect Childhoods (Excerpt)” (2005)

Untitled (Muddy Girl, New Mexico) from Teenage Lust Clark’s aging sentient body, naked or otherwise, is central to his project to reclaim and live teenage life. By Sudhir Mahadevan, excerpt from Where the Boys are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth (2005) Larry Clark has made three feature films that have been released commercially, Kids (1995), […]

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 […]

‘Adult Pictures’ in Larry Sultan’s ‘The Valley’ (2002)

There is a perfectly calibrated ambiguity to Sultan’s work that opens it up to narrative speculation. Carnal plots and subplots nag at the viewer, even when no one in the photo is naked or having sex.   By Bernard Cooper, Excerpt from Los Angeles Magazine, March 2002 Sex and work aren’t words you’d use in […]

“Attraction and Desire – Larry Fink’s Life in Photography” (2011)

Pat Sabatine’s 8th Birthday Party, Martins Creek, April, 1977 Attraction and Desire: Larry Fink’s Life in Photography By Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, essay from the book Larry Fink: Attraction and Desire: 50 Years in Photography, published by The Sheldon Art Galleries. Saint Louis, Missouri. 2011.   “I photograph because I live. I want to contribute that passion of living to […]

Lise Sarfati: “Molly #03” (2008)

Molly #03, 2008 58,5 x 43,7 cm LISE SARFATI French, born 1958 By Doug Rickard The room itself is quite an ordinary room. If you examine the details and remove the soft, young female from your mental focus you can feel the “oldness”. One can almost smell that scent that seems to permeate the very […]

LARRY SULTAN & MIKE MANDEL: “Matrix / Berkeley 61” (1983)

By Constance Lewallen, Berkeley Art Museum & Film Archive, Early May – Early June, 1983 The myth of the photograph as a perfect analogue of reality persists to this day. Though the photograph continues to be used as evidence-by police, by news media-we now know that a photograph cannot be totally objective. Every news photographer […]

Larry Clark: “Death is More Perfect Than Life” (2005)

Untitled (from Tulsa), 1971 Death is More Perfect Than Life: Larry Clark By Jill Conner, Afterimage, May-June, 2005 The conformity that saturated American society in the postwar 1950s created unreal expectations among the population due to the media’s use of advertisements and television shows to portray an orderly lifestyle full of hope and promise within […]

Lisette Model: “A History of Street Photography” (2001)

Fashion Show, Hotel Pierre, NYC, c. 1946 Model saw her subjects as misshapen, almost beastly.   By Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck, text excerpt from Bystander: A History of Street Photography, 2001 Another refugee who had to stoop to hustling, scrambling, and scraping by, and ultimately to street photography to support herself, was Lisette Model. […]

The Misadventures of Larry Clark (1997)

Half the commercial photographers in America have ripped Clark off at one time or another.   By Jim Lewis, Originally Published in Manhattan File, September – October, 1997 One afternoon earlier this year (1997), a woman called the Luhring Augustine Gallery on 24th Street from an apartment in SoHo. She understood that they represented the […]

Leigh Ledare: “Double Bind” (2010)

By Simon Baker, Brought to ASX by 1000 Words Magazine, 2010 There is a partially obscured photograph of the French writer Georges Bataille in Leigh Ledare’s Double Bind: just one of a number of ripped-out book and magazine pages that make up collage elements in a diverse installation of different kinds of photographic image; made, […]

LEWIS BALTZ: “Notes on Recent Industrial Developments in Southern California” (1974)

“Construction Detail, East Wall, Xerox, 1821 Dyer Road, Santa Ana,” 1974 from “The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California.” Gelatin silver print. (Lewis Baltz/Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne)   When Baltz’s series “The Tract Houses” was exhibited at the International Museum of Photography in 1972, photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher purposely appeared in an […]