Tod Papageorge on Robert Adams: ‘The Missing Criticism – What We Bought’

This pitiless light, virtually combusting in the thin Colorado air, was, I thought, an invention born in the certain glare of the place…   By Tod Papageorge In April 2000, The Yale University Art Gallery purchased the 193 prints that compose Robert Adams’s What We Bought: The New World, a body of work that had […]

William Eggleston – “Sit-In at the Fotomat” (2010)

Looking at Eggleston’s Before Color pictures, newly reborn, requires an odd energy of de-colorization.   By Tim Davis For years, Tod Papageorge, the head of the Photography Department at the Yale University School of Art, would begin student critiques of color pictures with the question, “Why color?” Color was an aesthetic choice and Papageorge felt […]

Walker Evans and Robert Frank – An Essay on Influence by Tod Papageorge (1981)

Robert Frank, Trolley- New Orleans, 1956  The purpose of this (text) is to describe the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs (1938) on The Americans (1959) of Robert Frank. By Tod Papageorge The purpose of this monograph is to describe the influence of Walker Evans’ American Photographs (1938) on The Americans (1959) of Robert Frank. […]