A Conversation with Shirin Neshat (2014)

Soliloquy Series, 1999 Shirin Neshat. A conversation. By Raphael Shammaa for ASX January 27, 2014 Raphael: Shirin, your upbringing in pre-revolutionary Iran straddled both the religious and the secular. You attended Catholic schools, your grandmother was a practicing Muslim but your father’s thinking was progressive. Did you study the Koran at home or in school […]

SCOT SOTHERN: “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 […]

SUSAN SONTAG: “Speech and Inteview at Wellesley College (1975)

June 8, 1972 @ Nick Ut Excerpt from a speech delivered at a Wellesley College photographic symposium on April 21, 1975. I am a writer and a filmmaker. I don’t consider myself a critic, and I am above all not a critic of photography. But it’s from that strictly independent and freelance position that I […]

An Interview with Stephen Shore (2005)

“I remember thinking that it’s important to put cars in photographs because they are like time seeds. And I learned this from looking at Evans.”   By Noah Sheldon and Roger White Noah Sheldon: I heard a lecture once where you said that when you teach, you try to think about how you felt when […]

INTERVIEW: “A Dialogue Between Steven Cantor & Sally Mann” (2004)

A Dialogue Between Steven Cantor & Sally Mann QUESTION: The two of you began working together back in 1990 when Steven documented the making of the “Immediate Family” series, Sally’s incredibly intimate and candid portrayal of family life. The resulting short film, “Blood Ties”, was nominated for an Academy Award. Sally, what about Steven, at […]

INTERVIEW: “Susan Meiselas in Conversation with David Campany”

Carnival Strippers, 1973 Susan Meiselas in Conversation with David Campany DAVID CAMPANY: Much of your work seems to be based very much on process, particularly more recent work such as the Kurdistan project and ‘Encounters with the Dani’. Obviously work has to surface, one way or another, but do you have a sense of the […]

INTERVIEW: “Interview with Michael Schmelling” (2007)

Untitled, New York, NY, 2005 (from “The Plan”) By Shane Lavalette, Big Red & Shiny, December 3, 2007 Shane Lavalette: How did you first discover photography and when did you realize it was the right medium for your ideas? Michael Schmelling: My parents have had an interest in photography, both as a hobby and as […]

ASX.TV: Sophie Calle – “Take Care of Yourself”

Tateshots: When a boyfriend broke-up with her by email, French artist Sophie Calle asked 107 women to read the letter and to analyse it according to their professional interest. It was set to music, re-ordered by a crossword-setter, performed by an actress, and probed by a forensic psychiatrist, amongst others. The resulting artwork called Take […]

INTERVIEW: “Interview with Shelby Lee Adams” (2010)

Bert with Guitar, 1992 Shelby Lee Adams was recently interviewed by an entity that decided not to run the complete text. We are bringing it here to ASX. Q: I’ve read that you spent much of your childhood in Kentucky, but that mountain people weren’t held with much regard in your family. Can you tell […]

Extending the Frame: An Interview with Susan Meiselas (2006)

“I do think these words “documentary” and “photojournalism” refer to different approaches but are rarely thoughtfully used to distinguish the work that is self-generated vs. assigned.”  Extending the frame: An Interview with Susan Meiselas By Joanna Heatwole, Mariola Mourelo, Afterimage, March-April, 2006 Susan Meiselas has represented difficult issues with innovative approaches throughout her thirty-year career […]