A ‘Real Page Turner’ in this LA Fiction: Philip Brookman’s ‘Redlands’

It is a description that I would not normally associate with photography books, but Philip Brookman’s Redlands is a real page turner.   By Karin Bareman, ASX, July 2015 It is a description that I would not normally associate with photography books, but Philip Brookman’s Redlands is a real page turner. Within minutes I was […]

True Romance – Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles

Romance is inescapable; the L.A. river is maybe the most romantic strip of concrete in the world, the light in the window of a Todd Hido exterior is romantic, just the name “Dennis Hopper” is romantic; romance is inherent to the image. By Owen Campbell, ASX, July 2015 Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles […]

Ed Ruscha on Route 66, Making Books and “Choppy Movement”

“So in a sense they (books) had no–there was no school of thought, and I felt at that time that it was unexplored. That’s one reason it attracted me.” MR. KARLSTROM: What about your books? This is a last thing that I’d like to at least get started on. You have created I don’t know […]

Tape, Rope, Water, Milk and Bondage in ‘Other Rooms’

The images present a bloodless eroticism, uncanny, simultaneously sexual and absented of desire.   By Owen Campbell, ASX, January 2015 Tanlines, tape, rope, water, milk, Callis shows the way things push against the body and how the body pushes back, contracts, evades. Elements like water and shade subsume the human body; rope, as it presses […]

ADAM BARTOS: “LOS ANGELES” (1978-1979)

    “In these L.A. pictures, I was drawn to certain light and colors, spaces, vernacular architecture, and automobiles that, to me, were characteristic of the place in a way that resonated with how I was feeling and the photographic agenda I had.” – Adam Bartos   (All rights reserved. Images @ Adam Bartos and […]

Werner Amann’s “Surf Fiction” and the Nature of the Game.

We spend merciless hours absorbing film, video, and internet collateral. Amann’s greatest trick with this book is to play on the nature of this game.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, December 2014 Werner Amann’s “Surf Fiction” has landed in my lap at a time when I have been searching for a body of work that […]

PHILIP-LORCA DICORCIA: “HUSTLERS”

  “These were men who portrayed themselves as a product in a city that sells fantasy, violence, and sex. As if they were one more thing to be consumed… Photography is an exchange. The original title for the project was Trade: as in the street word for prostitutes, as the exchange of services for money, […]

SCOT SOTHERN: “LOWLIFE”

  Scot Sothern’s Lowlife is an illustrated memoir of dysfunction, a confession of a befuddled white guy maintaining a precarious connection to propriety and fatherhood while side-tripping into noirish infatuations. Sothern’s images, shot mostly in Southern California between 1986 and 1990, record the existence of these disenfranchised Americans, men and women, hawking souls for the […]

ASX Interviews James Welling (2014)

 Meriden, 1991   “To be an artist in 1974-75 interested in conceptual art, there was a tremendous amount of freedom in the early 1970’s.”   James Welling. Enthralled by the possibilities. A conversation with Raphael Shammaa. April 9, 2014. Raphael – At the ripe old age of 12 you started studying art. At 14 you […]

An Interview with John Divola (1978)

 Zuma Series, 1977 Journal of Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, September 1978 Dialogue with John Divola by Dinah Portner Q. Do you think of photography as a concrete way of dealing with ideas? A. No, it’s not that they are ideas, per se. I see art as a dialogue about experiences and the way […]