DIANE ARBUS: “Essential Mysteries (Excerpt)” (2011)

One of Arbus’s last series of photographs was of the institutionalized mentally retarded, whom she found “the strangest combination of grownup and child” she’d ever seen.   By William Todd Schultz, excerpt from An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus, 2011 Essential Mysteries One of photographer Diane Arbus’s first pictures, she […]

Max Kozloff On Lisette Model (and Weegee) (2002)

@ Lisette Model Estate   Model’s art is definitely antibourgeois: her judgments indict the middle class’s smugness as well as its selfishness.   By Max Kozloff, Excerpt from New York: Capital of Photography, 2002 Model’s art is definitely antibourgeois: her judgments indict the middle class’s smugness as well as its selfishness. For example, she depicted […]

ROBERT COLES: “On Diane Arbus and Eugene Smith” (1977)

Masked woman in a wheelchair, PA, 1970 By Robert Coles, Wellesley College, 1977 I have an intense dislike for Diane Arbus. I don’t like her photographs and I don’t like the cult that’s been made of them. Maybe it’s because I’m a psychiatrist, because some part of me feels that that’s wrong, that that isn’t […]

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 […]

ASX.TV: William Klein – “The Many Lives of William Klein” (2012)

William Klein has lived many lives. One of the world’s most influential photographers, he pioneered the art of street photography and created some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century. He also made over twenty films, including the first ever documentary about Muhammad Ali and a brilliant satire of the fashion world, […]

WEEGEE: “Life and Death (Mostly Death) in the Streets” (2010)

Sometimes, he claimed, he would arrive before the authorities. He gained the nickname “Weegee” from the Ouija board, events would happen.   By Mark Svetov, Originally Published in Noir City Sentinel, Fall 2010 By his own estimation, Arthur Fellig (a/k/a Weegee, 1899-1968) covered more than 5,000 murders as a freelance photographer in New York from […]

ASX.TV: William Klein – Tate Shots – ‘In Pictures’ (2012)

An exclusive Tate video interview with photographer William Klein and a first-ever glimpse behind the scenes at his Paris studio. ‘Almost everything is coincidence and luck and chance.’ William Klein is one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers and film-makers and in this interview for Tate Media, he discusses his experience photographing on the […]

ASX.TV: William Klein – “Broadway by Light” (1958)

An experimental meditation on Times Square marquees and iconic advertising, Klein’s first film captures the concurrently seedy and dazzling aspects of New York’s Great White Way. Illustrative of Klein’s transition from photographer to filmmaker, Broadway by Light was declared by Orson Welles to be “the first film I’ve seen in which color was absolutely necessary.