Notes from the Margin of Spoiled Identity – The Art of Diane Arbus (1988)

“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do, that was one of my favourite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.” – Diane Arbus   By Gerry Badger, Originally Published in Phototexts, 1988 The principal issue raised by the remarkable photographs of Diane Arbus seems not […]

MAX NATKIEL: “PARADISO STILLS” (1980-86)

As a frequent visitor to concerts at Paradiso, Amsterdam’s long-running music venue, in the early 1980s, Dutch photographer Max Natkiel encountered all manner of subcultures: punks, new-wavers, rockers, mods, Rastafarians, squatters, and metal- and skinheads. Eventually he decided to bring along his camera and started making portraits of the fascinating people he found; a collection […]

Nikolay Bakharev in Conversation with Luca Desienna (2006)

  “There was also a clause in the Criminal Code which banned the distribution of nudity in photographs, so it put off most photographers from approach this theme.”   Nikolay Bakharev in Conversation with Luca Desienna of Gomma Magazine – Translation by Olga Ippolitova – Series Baharevland Nikolay Bakharev’s emotive and controversial images are important […]

VIVIAN MAIER: “STREET PHOTOGRAPHS”

Vivian Dorothea Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was a street photographer. Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago’s North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her career, primarily of the people and architecture of New York City, Chicago, and […]

Camboia Genocide – Memories from Tuol Sleng Prison

  The four-year reign of the Khmer Rouge (1975-9) took more than a million lives-10 percent of the Cambodian population, dead from disease, starvation and murder.   Cambodia Genocide: Memories From Tuol Sleng Prison By Peter Maguire, Columbia University Tuol Svay Pray High School sits on a dusty road on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, […]

August Sander: “A Profile of the People” (2002)

Young Farmers, 1914 By Hans-Michael Koetzle In 1910, August Sander began a systematic attempt to portray and typologize his fellow countrymen. The project, undertaken wholly at his own initiative and expense, found support only among his painter friends in the Rhineland area of Germany. His book Antlitz der Zeit was outlawed and partially destroyed by […]

Boris Mikhailov: “A New Metaphysician”

From Case History, 1999 Boris Mikhailov: A New Metaphysician By Helen Petrovsky If we were to define photography today, we would have to posit its essential anonymity. To be more precise, we would have to rethink the very conditions of its theorizing: it is no longer “my” photograph that has to be redeemed by being […]

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 […]

CARLO MOLLINO: POLAROIDS, ETC (1962-1973)

  In a career that spanned more than four decades, Carlo Mollino designed buildings, homes, furniture, cars, aircraft. One of the most dashing figures of mid-century Italy, Mollino was famed for his design finesse and his elegant organicism. In 1949 he published an important book on photography: Message from the Darkroom. Sometime around 1960, he […]