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 […]

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 […]

Interview of Lise Sarfati by François Adragna (2012)

“One often wrongfully compares photographs to paintings. This is nonsense. The image does not refer to painting but to something alive through which passes silence…”   Lise Sarfati ‘On Hollywood’. Interview by François Adragna François Adragna: What is a photographic series? Lise Sarfati: It is a set of photographs which are linked to each other and […]

Brassai: “Letters to My Parents” (1998)

  By Brassai, Excerpts from the intro to, Brassai: Letters to My Parents, 1998. I was delighted to notice in the letters that from the start I saw photography as a way to uncover and record the world that surrounded me, the city in which I lived, as comprehensively as possible. There were a good […]

An Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson – Famous Photographers Tell How (1958)

“For me, content cannot be separated from form. By form, I mean a rigorous geometrical organization of interplay of surfaces, lines and values.”   Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson – Famous Photographers Tell How (1958) HCB: To me, photography is a simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second of a significance of an event as […]

Jean-Christian Bourcart: “Camden” (2008)

This is absurd. I just searched the Web for the most dangerous city in the United States. By Jean-Christian Bourcart This is absurd. I just searched the Web for the most dangerous city in the United States. I wanted to rediscover that strange energy you feel in places where social rules and constraints have been weakened […]

ASX.TV: Jean-Christian Bourcart – “Camden” (2008)

  Absurd, all I did was search the web for the most dangerous city in the USA. I wanted to find that strange energy given off by places where rules and social constraints have been abolished or weakened. Or maybe I wanted to check that it’s still possible to reach out to others, as distant […]

Biography and Early Career of Eugene Atget (2006)

Text Excerpt from The early photographic work of Eugene Atget: 1892 – 1902 By Eun Young Jeong, Michigan State University Very little is known about Atget’s early life. He kept no diary or other personal records. The information that has been published has become somewhat mythological due to a lack of primary source material. The […]

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)? […]

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 […]

Henri Cartier Bresson: Decisive Photographs” (1953)

For some twenty years now Cartier-Bresson has been doing just that. He carries a camera with him constantly. Every picture which he has taken is a very personal record of something which is already taking place. He has no studio, does not employ models, does not even direct those he photographs. He is the silent […]