Opinion: Photography

 
A confederacy of lunches

A confederacy of lunches

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A text-only book argues that ‘social’ photography is more about self-documentation than aesthetics. By…

 
Catalogue of things

Catalogue of things

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A close relative’s colour slides show a densely layered record of everyday life. Photo Critique by Rick…

 
From out of the blue

From out of the blue

Critique / Photography

Volume one of Anna Atkins’ beautiful study of British algae, issued in 1843, was the first ever…

 
Awkward objects

Awkward objects

Critique / Photography

The tradition of the painted still life has been reinvented by contemporary photographers with pictures…

 
Streets without people

Streets without people

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

Emigre’s Rudy VanderLans explores the clotted terrain of Tokyo’s Shibuya and Shinjuku districts with the…

 
Hole in the head

Hole in the head

Critique / Photography

An artful book of deliberately torn, anonymous photographs from the Cold War era leaves many questions…

 
Twisting the alien

Twisting the alien

Reviews, Visual culture, Critique / Photography

Set to minimalist techno, Arthur Jafa’s APEX is a cycle of images that illuminate the condition of black…

 
Scenes from an imperfect world

Scenes from an imperfect world

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

Even Don McCullin expressed doubts about his photographs of war and suffering. What is their message…

 
Colour field

Colour field

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

By choosing colour over black-and-white, Joel Meyerowitz pioneered a new type of American street…

 
Fabricated reality

Fabricated reality

Critique / Photography

Andreas Gursky’s photographs, manipulated like digital paintings, have spectacular impact. But they can…

 
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