“We know that the Negro artist does have a problem, you see. He has a problem far beyond that of the white artist, speaking generally. We know this. So we must say we know this, we accept this fact.” – Jacob Lawrence Excerpt from an Interview of Jacob Lawrence conducted 1968 October 26, by Carroll […]
“I was 28-years-old when I took my first photo, and it felt good.”
The Montgomery County Alabama Sheriff’s Office discovered arrest logs and photographs from the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56) and the Freedom Rides (1961).
Jacob Holdt would hitchhike over 100,000 miles through virtually every region of the United States without much more than his thumb.
“Look, I’m kind of an explorer. I’m entering a world and it takes time.” A Magnum photographer, Bruce Davidson has been renowned since the late fifties for his photographs of gangs in Brooklyn, and subsequent projects including New York’s East 100th street, circus performers, civil rights marchers and the bad old days of the […]
“One may say that the Negro in America does not really exist, except in the darkness of our minds.” James Baldwin – Notes from a Native Son By Michael Salu, ASX, February 2015 It is THAT dark. You know, the dark that exists under your fingernails that you idly pick at and flick away. […]
Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was born and educated in New York City. A graduate of the school of the Ethical Culture Society, a socially liberal organization that championed individual worth regardless of ethnic background or economic condition. In the late 1920’s Ulmann made trips each summer to document the rural people of the South, particularly […]
Interview with Ben Shahn Conducted by Richard Doud at the Artist’s home in Roosevelt, New Jersey. April 14, 1964. RICHARD DOUD: I’d like to start with a general background of what you were doing prior to the time and how you managed to get with the Resettlement Program. BEN SHAHN: Well, I told you I […]
By Bruce Gilden My work on foreclosed homes in Detroit has actually been a continuation of a project that started in Fort Myers, Florida in September 2008. For me the major concentration of the work is on the houses or what’s left of the houses. I chose to photograph them mostly straight on like my […]
“In Butte, Montana, he photographed a slovenly, middle-aged woman in her car with a sullen child staring out of the window behind her. He showed a bench full of decrepit old people in St. Petersburg, Florida, staring at nothing in particular while a shiny new Pontiac whizzed by on the street behind them.” By […]
Arcara and Santese provide an unexpected portrait of Detroit, eschewing the obvious for something more cerebral. The majestic decay of lavish theaters, incomprehensibly large car plants, and skyscrapers of former luxury are not to be found here.
“To make ‘documentary’ work (or to work in that genre at all) often stems from the desire (although it may not be fully conscious) to present a specific vision of the world as objective fact.” ASX asks artists a single question, Cameron Van Loos begins with Gregory Halpern, April 2013 Cameron Van Loos: How […]