WALKER EVANS: “POLAROIDS OF WOMEN”

“I’ve now taken up that little SX-70 camera for fun and become very interested in it. I’m feeling wildly with it. But a year ago I would have said that color is vulgar and should never be tried under any circumstances. It’s a paradox that I’m now associated with it and in fact I intend […]

GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN: “Faces” (1992)

By Reinhold Mißelbeck, Curator for Photography and New Media, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Edition Stemmle, Schaffhausen, 1992 Looking at Gottfried Helnwein’ portraits, we once again experience the shock of the new, of an unprecedented view of the person opposite. I have observed many people confronted with these portraits for the first time and again and again […]

The Social Mosaic Attempted: The Photographs of August Sander (2004)

 Social class stands before us in all its detail and specificity.   By Clare Hurley, December, 2004 “People of the Twentieth Century”: August Sander’s Photographic Portrait of Germany, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 25—September 19, 2004 A selection of 150 photographs from August Sander’s People of the Twentieth Century [Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts] […]

Interview with Mark Steinmetz (2011)

From Philip & Micheline, 2011 By Amelia Sechman and Paul Schiek, TBW Weekly Amelia Sechman: In an interview with Jörg Colberg, on his site Conscientious, you said you thought you would be a very bad German photographer because of the diversity in your subject matter and compositional approaches. How do you feel that being “raised,” […]

Shelby Lee Adams: “All of Us”

The Napier Family, 1989   “I have an open easy rapport with so much and so many. The camera sees objectively, outwardly, we are taught. This is the obvious. The view camera became my specific tool in 1974; early on my subjects responded to it with ease and curiosity.”   By Shelby Lee Adams “Compassion […]

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. […]

Bill Brandt: “A Statement on Photography” (1948)

Street scene, Peckham, 1936 “I am not interested in rules and conventions … photography is not a sport. If I think a picture will look better brilliantly lit, I use lights, or even flash.”   By Bill Brandt, First published in Camera in London, 1948 I had the good fortune to start my career in […]

Richard Avedon – ‘Jacob Israel Avedon’ (1974)

We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally.   By Richard Avedon, July 14, 1974, New York City, Originally Published in Camera Magazine, November, 1974 A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he’s being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much […]

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)? […]

An Interview with Malick Sidibé (2009)

“When I began to take photographs, I never imaged that my photos would travel around the world.”   Interview in Madrid for the PHotoEspaña Baume & Mercier 2009 Award Since 1960, Malick Sidibé (Mali, 1936) has produced photographs in his studio, Studio Malick, located in Bamako. These images with their pure gaze document popular culture […]