Who is Ed Ruscha (And Why is he So Damn Cool?)

Who is Ed Ruscha? Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Curator Karen Breuer gives a primer on the iconic Los Angeles artist, examining his style, his subject matter, and his effortlessly cool persona.

Daido Moriyama Photographs Rebellion, Deconstructs Himself

Photographer Daido Moriyama reflects on the rebellious youth culture of late 1960s Japan, a period when he and his colleagues were working on the avant-garde photography magazine Provoke (1968–69). He discusses his attempt to deconstruct the medium in his series Shashin yo sayonara (Farewell Photography) (1972), though it ultimately deconstructed him.

Robert Adams’ Landscape of Mistakes

Photographer Robert Adams discusses the mystery and contradictions involved in capturing the American West on film. He describes making pictures of Colorado and California, where he uncovered both the darkness and the beauty of humans’ impact on the land.

Trevor Paglen Interview: The Meaning of an Image

“Images are incredibly strange things that have no inherent meaning at all.” “Images are incredibly strange things that have no inherent meaning at all.” In this video, the American “ground-breaking investigative artist” Trevor Paglen discusses the significance of images, which he considers opportunities to think about how the world is changing. We all carry our […]

Ai Weiwei Interview: Our Judgement is Crippled (2019)

“Modern society is a ruin, in our emotions and our judgement.” On the occasion of ‘The Rest’ (2019), a documentary featuring his encounters with refugees, Ai Weiwei – one of the most influential artists of our time – speaks open-heartedly about the global refugee crisis, which calls for individual action: “There is so much we […]

Hammer Projects: Sam Falls

Sam Falls works intimately with the core precepts of photography –namely time, representation, and exposure – to create works that both bridge the gap between various artistic mediums and the divide between the artist, object, and viewer. Working symbiotically with nature and the elements, Falls’s artworks are engrained with a sense of place indexical to […]

Electric Earth – The Art of Doug Aitken (2018)

This episode profiles prominent artist Doug Aitken who for more than 20 years has shifted the perception and location of images and narratives. His multichannel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings and architectural works demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing, image-based contemporary condition. In his newest piece, “Underwater Pavilions,” he creates a […]

Martin Parr – ‘Photography is a Form of Therapy’ | TateShots (2017)

Martin Parr is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England. In 2017 he opened the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, which aims to collect, celebrate and raise the status […]

Thomas Ruff – “Tripe | Ruff” (2018)

Inspired by some of the earliest photographs of India and Burma (Myanmar), Ruff’s series, ‘Tripe | Ruff’, commissioned by the V&A, reimagines a set of 1850s architectural and topographical images by British Army Captain and photographer Linnaeus Tripe. Encompassing over twenty prints, ‘Tripe | Ruff’ is the latest series in Ruff’s 35-year investigation into the […]

Thomas Ruff – Meet the Photographer (2018)

Thomas Ruff continually challenges the processes, techniques and concepts of photography, frequently editing and manipulating images made by others in order to re-imagine their possibilities. Victoria and Albert Museum traveled to Ruff’s studio in Dusseldorf to meet the artist, and find out more about this working methods, inspiration – and how his art has evolved. […]

Getting Close to Ren Hang

Ren Hang didn’t have a lot to say about himself. In the fine art environment, where emphasizing one’s own importance (or having representation to do so, while you maintain the air of expensive mystery) is the norm, this resistance to pretense could be considered a form of madness. But this didn’t stopped the twenty-seven-year-old photographer, […]