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The American Monument
Originally published to great acclaim in 1976, The American Monument has become one of the most sought-after photography publications of the twentieth century. Long out of print, with only a rare few available on the secondary market, this second edition makes a treasure available once more to new audiences. Published in the same over-sized format as the first edition―with exquisite reproductions of 213 photographs―the album of post-bound single sheets can easily be temporarily disassembled for display.
In 1967, The Museum of Modern Art presented New Documents, a landmark exhibition organized by John Szarkowski that brought together a selection of works by three photographers whose individual achievements signaled the artistic potential for the medium in the 1960s and beyond: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand.
Though largely unknown at the time, these three photographers are now universally acknowledged as artists of singular talent within the history of photography. The exhibition articulated a profound shift in the landscape of 20th-century photography, and interest in the exhibition has only continued to expand. Yet, until now, there has been no publication that captures its content.
The People’s Pictures
The saturation of our social landscape by photographs and photographers is apparent from any public point of view. Photography is arguably the most democratic of mediums, even more accessible today across culture and class than language. In some regards, this has been Lee Friedlander’s most enduring subject―the way that average citizens interact with the world by making pictures of it, as well as how those pictures and the pictures constructed for advertising or political purposes define the public space.
Wikipedia – Lee Friedlander
ArtCenter – Lifetime Achievement Award
National Gallery of Art – Lee Friedlander Bio
Interview on YouTube
New York Times: Sabine Weiss, Last of the ‘Humanist’ Street Photographers
The Guardian: Click, Click, Click, I Never Wait: the Everyday Genius of Sabine Weiss
Swiss Street Collective: Always Spontaneous – An Introduction to Sabine Weiss
Time Magazine: Rediscovering the Genius of Sabine Weiss, the Last Humanist Photographer
Sabine Weiss. catalogue d’exposition (bilingue)
Emotions – Sabine Weiss
Angèle Etoundi Essamba
Essamba Art (official website)
New African Interview
As It Is -Contemporary African Art
Angèle Etoundi Essaamba – Wikipedia
Where We’re At!: Angèle Etoundi Essamba
My Africa, with artist Angèle Etoundi Essamba
A personal journey made on one of America’s most historic and defining routes-Highway 61-by one of Hollywood’s finest, most gifted talents–Jessica Lange.
“These photographs are a chronicle of what remains and what has disappeared. It has a long memory, Highway 61.” – Jessica Lange
Renowned actress and photographer Jessica Lange was raised in Northern Minnesota and has travelled the length of Highway 61 countless times since her childhood and throughout her life. This storied route originates at the Canadian border in Minnesota and runs along the great Mississippi river through
the American Midwest and South, rolling through eight states, down to New Orleans.
With more than 80 stunning tritone photographs, Lange’s Highway 61 reveals her deep connection to this iconic route, and presents that which she has long held dear along its way. This is a tale of our shared national heritage as seen by one of the most talented artists of her generation.
Shōmei Tōmatsu – Wikipedia
Michael Hoppen Gallery – Shomei Tomatsu
The Guardian: Shomei Tomatsu – The Man Who Changed Japanese Photography Forever
Aperture: Remembering Shomei Tomatsu
Photo Quotations – Shomei Tomatsu
Film’s Not Dead – In Memory of Japanese Photographer Shomei Tomatsu
shashasha – Mr. Freedom
Shomei Tomatsu – Chewing Gum & Chocolate
One of Japan’s foremost twentieth-century photographers, Shomei Tomatsu has created a defining portrait of postwar Japan. Beginning with his meditation on the devastation caused by the atomic bombs in “11:02 Nagasaki,” Tomatsu focused on the tensions between traditional Japanese culture and the nation’s growing Westernization, most notably in his seminal book “Nihon.” Beginning in the late 1950s, Tomatsu photographed as many of the American military bases as possible–beginning with those on the main island of Japan and ending in Okinawa, a much-contested archipelago off the southernmost tip of the country. Tomatsu’s photographs focused on the seismic impact of the American victory and occupation: uniformed American soldiers carousing in red-light districts with Japanese women; foreign children at play in the seedy landscape of cities like Yokosuka and Atsugi; and the emerging protest- and counter-culture formed in response to the ongoing American military presence. He originally named this series “Occupation,” but later retitled it “Chewing Gum and Chocolate” to reflect the handouts given to Japanese kids by the soldiers–sugary and addictive, but lacking in nutritional value.
Witnesses of Time
Flor Garduño Photography
Dialogs with Great Photographers – Flor Garduño
Flor Garduño’s Vision in Black-and-White
Flor Garduño – Wikipedia
Holden Luntz Gallery
The Sound I Saw
“This is a book about people, about jazz, and about things. The work between its covers tries to present images for the head and for the heart and, like its subject matter, is particular, subjective, and individual,” writes DeCarava. A master of poetic contemplation and of sensual tonalities in black and white, DeCarava is, above all, a photographer of people. A member of the post–World War II generation that sought a new modernist vocabulary, he was first recognized for his innovative images of life in Harlem (the subject of The Sweet Flypaper of Life, his 1955 collaboration with poet Langston Hughes) and extraordinary portraits of jazz musicians. It is these two themes—New York and jazz—interwoven and inseparable, that are the ostensible subject of the sound i saw. However, the seemingly casual yet deeply felt compositions and the rich, gradient tones of DeCarava’s photographs stir emotions that resonate far beyond one neighborhood and one era.
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life is a “poem” about ordinary people, about teenagers around a jukebox, about children at an open fire hydrant, about riding the subway alone at night, about picket lines and artist work spaces. This renowned, life-affirming collaboration between artist Roy DeCarava and writer Langston Hughes honors in words and pictures what the authors saw, knew, and felt deeply about life in their city.
NPR – Remembering Roy DeCarava’s 60 Years Of Photos
Los Angeles Times – How photographer Roy DeCarava captured daily life with aching beauty
Black Art Story – Profile: Roy DeCarava (1919-2009)
Dazed – Roy DeCarava’s powerful portraits of 20th century Harlem
Wikipedia – Roy DeCarava
New York Times – On Roy DeCarava’s Centennial, Two Photo Books Document His Legacy
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Family Album Of Lucybelle Crater And Other Figurative Photographs
Critic and scholar James Rhem has worked closely with the archives in the photographer’s estate, as well as directly with his surviving family members to reconstruct Meatyard’s original, and unrealized, intentions for the publication of this project. As a result, this revised edition features the correct sequencing of images and, most importantly, the missing captions, which, in accordance with Meatyard’s instructions, are reproduced in his own handwriting as white type knocked out of a black background.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages for Being
Stages for Being examines the photography that Ralph Eugene Meatyard created in and around Lexington, Kentucky, where he found abandoned houses in the countryside to use as sets, and directed friends and family members in scenes that suggest both ritual and theater. Establishing mood with natural lighting, he used masks, dolls and found objects as unsettling props and mined architectural detail for abstract compositional elements.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks
Family man, optician, avid reader and photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard created and explored a fantasy world of dolls and masks, in which his family and friends played the central roles on an ever-changing stage. His monograph, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, published posthumously in 1974, recorded his wife and family posed in various disquieting settings, wearing masks and holding dolls and evoking a penetrating emotional and psychological landscape. The book won his work critical acclaim and has been hugely influential in the intervening decades. Dolls and Masks opens the doors on the decade of rich experimentation that immediately preceded the production of his final opus, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard: American Mystic
The legendary photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–72) lived in Lexington, Kentucky, working in a close-knit community of artists and writers while making his living as an optician. Ralph Eugene Meatyard: American Mystic, by esteemed art historian Alexander Nemerov, is a groundbreaking study of Meatyard’s work, creative thinking and sources of inspiration.
Oxford American – Wildly Strange
Smithsonian Magazine – Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Man Behind the Masks
Wikipedia – Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Hyperallergic – When Will Ralph Eugene Meatyard Get the Retrospective He Deserves?
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Fraenkel Gallery – Ralph Eugene Meatyard
The New Yorker – Ralph Eugene Meatyard’s Sweetly Southern-Gothic Family Album
Under Main Magazine – The Unforeseen Wilderness: Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide
Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942, the oldest of 13 children. When tragedy struck Iturbide as a young mother, she turned to photography for solace and understanding. From then on Iturbide embarked on a photographic journey that has taken her throughout her native Mexico, from the Sonora Desert to Juchitán to Frida Kahlo’s bathroom, to the United States, India, and beyond. Photographic is a symbolic, poetic, and deeply personal graphic biography of this iconic photographer. Iturbide’s journey will excite readers of all ages as well as budding photographers, who will be inspired by her resolve, talent, and curiosity.
Images of the Spirit
Graciela Iturbide makes subtle yet powerful photographs that blend evocative scenes, primarily the cultures of her native Mexico, with her own deeply personal vision. Images of the Spirit, the first major publication of Iturbide’s photography, demonstrates how in her dreamlike encounters with what may first appear to be ordinary, she perceives the surreal and the marvelous. Iturbide’s work is a mixture of history, lyricism, and portraiture, sometimes informed by the art of Mexico’s photographic master, Manuel Álvarez Bravo. In Iturbide’s photographs, she combines the story of a culture in transition with issues of identity, diversity, and selfhood.
Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico: Photographs
Graciela Iturbide, best known for her iconic photographs of Mexican indigenous women, has engaged with her homeland as a subject for the past 50 years in images of great variety and depth. The intensely personal, lyrical photographs collected and interpreted in this book show that, for Iturbide, photography is a way of life―as well as a way of seeing and understanding Mexico, with all its beauties, rituals, challenges and contradictions.
Graciela Iturbide: Juchitán
Between 1979 and 1988, the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide made a series of visits to Juchitan, Mexico, where she photographed the way of life there “in complicity with the people.” Since the early twentieth century, the women of Juchitan have been national symbols, and Iturbide’s photographs capture them in public and in private as they conduct their lives in this ancient city in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
Graciela Iturbide – official website
New York Times – Graciela Iturbide’s Photos of Mexico Make ‘Visible What, to Many, Is Invisible’
The New Yorker – Graciela Iturbide’s Art of Seeing Mexico
Artsy – How Graciela Iturbide Became One of Mexico’s Greatest Photographers
National Geographic – An Acclaimed Photographer Finds Poetry in the Ordinary
NPR – Graciela Iturbide’s Photos Show The Beauty And Dreams Of Mexico And Its People
Wall Street International – Graciela Iturbide
Video – Graciela Iturbide – ‘I Take Photos of What Surprises Me’ | TateShots
Video – Graciela Iturbide’s Photographic Legacy
Video – Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico
Bruce Gilden’s website
A Small Voice Podcast – Episode 84 – Bruce Gilden
Mike Borchard – Double Exposures w/ Nikonos Film Camera
Click here to see the photo gallery on borchardphoto.com
Mike Borchard on Instagram
Merel Schoneveld – Website
Instagram – Merel Schoneveld
StreetRepeat – How Street Photographers Gain an Audience on Instagram: Merel Schoneveld
24 Oranges – Dutch street photography by Merel Schoneveld
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Kiliii Yuyan – Official Website
Strange Fire Collective – Q&A
Native Artist podcast – Episode 5
The Photographic Journal – Interview
National Geographic Society – Storytellers Summit
Byker is a poor residential area of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. In this compilation of portrait photography, a nonjudgmental visual and verbal documentary of a community that is in flux—a community of the poor, the disadvantaged, and the refugees who demonstrate a life-affirming humanity—is captured in both photographs and the residents’ own words. This contemporary look at a diverse group of people confined to a tight geographical region of a city affirms a commonality in the hopes and aspirations to be found in deprived communities around the globe. Ugliness and beauty come together in 40 years’ worth of stunning and complex photographs.
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen – Wikipedia
New York Times – Lens Blog – Byker in Black and White
New York Times – Lens Blog – Bringing Color to Newcastle
AnOther – A Snapshot of Britain Back Then by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen
Nadav Kander: The Meeting
Regardless of his sitter―whether family member or influential celebrity―the portraiture of London-based photographer Nadav Kander (born 1961) shows what makes that particular individual human. His aim is to move beyond capturing an accurate likeness―to access the emotions within, the uncertainty, the shadow as much as the light, the complex sense of self that otherwise lays hidden.
Nadav Kander: Yangtze, The Long River
The Yangtze river flows 4,100 miles across China, traveling from its furthest westerly point in the Qinghai province to Shanghai in the east. The river is embedded in the consciousness of the Chinese, and plays a significant role in both the spiritual and physical life of the people. Using the river as a metaphor for constant change, Nadav Kander (born 1961) has photographed the landscape and people along its banks from mouth to source. “After several trips to different parts of the river, it became clear that what I was responding to and how I felt whilst being in China was permeating into my pictures,” he records; “a formalness and unease, a country that feels both at the beginning of a new era and at odds with itself.”
The Steidl Hotel – podcast – with guest Nadav Kander
Advice for Portrait Photographers: Learning from Nadav Kander
LA Review of Books – Photographer Spotlight: Nadav Kander
Christie’s – Nadav Kander: ‘Making Pictures is Exploring Life’
Mary Ellen Mark
Uncut video on YouTube
Mary Ellen Mark: Tiny, Streetwise Revisited
In 1988, Mary Ellen Mark published a poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth living in Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers and small-time drug dealers. Critically acclaimed, “Streetwise” introduced us to individuals who were not easily forgotten, including “Tiny” (Erin Blackwell)–a 13-year-old prostitute with dreams of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Since meeting Tiny 30 years ago, Mark has continued to photograph her, creating what has become one of Mark’s most significant and long-term projects.
Seen Behind the Scene
Mary Ellen Mark has worked on over a hundred film sets since 1968, including such legendary productions as Apocalypse Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Gandhi,as well as recent Oscar-winning productions such as Moulin Rouge, Babel and Sweeney Todd, among many others. Mark’s film photographs are a rare archive as she is afforded unprecedented access to the actors and the set permitted for weeks at a time to roam freely. Mark is one of the most talented photojournalists working today and her unique ability to capture gesture and expression enables her to fully reveal the story of life on set.
Mary Ellen Mark – official website
NPR – PHOTOS: The Essence Of Mary Ellen Mark, The Invisible Made Visible
YouTube – Mary Ellen Mark: There is nothing more extraordinary than reality
Mary Ellen Mark – Wikipedia
Lars Tunbjörk (MAX STROM)
Initially inspired by Swedish masters such as Christer Strömholm, as well as Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, Lars Tunbjörk (1956–2015) was one of the great and truly original European photographers. Tunbjörk’s international breakthrough came in 1993 with the photobook Country beside Itself. Celebrated by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger as “an acute observer of modern life,” Tunbjörk’s color images amplified the mundane and the absurd in a quietly surreal fashion using the hard light of flash photography, which became his signature style and influenced a subsequent generation of photographers. His best-known photobook series include Office (2001), which depicts office workers in bizarre chance positions, and Home (2003), in which everyday items such as flowers or armchairs are made to reveal a quiet absurdity in Swedish suburbia. With more than 250 images, this volume constitutes the most substantial overview of his work.
Lars Tunbjörk: Home
After his earlier series on leisure time and the world of office labor, Lars Tunbjörk returned to his childhood neighborhood to photograph his mother’s house. The experience intrigued him, and he continued shooting in similar areas around Sweden. Saturated with other people’s personal memories, his photographs convey the peculiar atmosphere of silence familiar in middle-class housing districts, not only in Sweden but in other countries as well. If on the surface his images purport to investigate the private domestic realm in terms of architecture, home decorating styles, and garden culture, as seen in Sweden during the latest two decades, under these multiple, quiet surfaces they reveal apocalyptically more. Home is the final book in a trilogy, following Country beside Itself and Office.
Lars Tunbjork: Office
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Offices in New York, Tokyo, Stockholm, are the place of a life that people lose while earning it, they are unbearable. Nightmares made of electric cables, depressing cafeterias, fake spaces, absurd tidy up, they become through the eye of Lars Tunbjork the most radical call for rebellion for a renewed « right to laziness ». This work, which with « Home », constitutes discreetly and without obvious agressivity the most implacable critic of our system, a work extremely political under a perfectly acceptable cover, is only possible with a perfect control of color, which becomes the material of the picture.
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TIME – Remembering Lars Tunbjörk: Legendary Color Photographer of the Absurd
ASX – Lars Tunbjörk – Alien at the Office
Shooter Files – Master Profiles: Lars Tunbjörk
TIME – A Stranger in a Strange Land: The Iowa Caucus by Lars Tunbjörk
Sebastião Salgado. Gold
When Sebastião Salgado was finally authorized to visit Serra Pelada in September 1986, having been blocked for six years by Brazil’s military authorities, he was ill-prepared to take in the extraordinary spectacle that awaited him on this remote hilltop on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. Before him opened a vast hole, some 200 meters wide and deep, teeming with tens of thousands of barely-clothed men. Half of them carried sacks weighing up to 40 kilograms up wooden ladders, the others leaping down muddy slopes back into the cavernous maw. Their bodies and faces were the color of ochre, stained by the iron ore in the earth they had excavated.
Sebastião Salgado: Migrations: Humanity in Transition
In Migrations, Sebastião Salgado turns his attention to the staggering phenomenon of mass migration. Photographs taken over seven years across more than 35 countries document the epic displacement of the world’s people at the close of the twentieth century. Wars, natural disasters, environmental degradation, explosive population growth and the widening gap between rich and poor have resulted in over one hundred million international migrants, a number that has doubled in a decade. This demographic change, unparalleled in human history, presents profound challenges to the notions of nation, community, and citizenship.
British Journal of Photography – Salgado: Gold
Sebastião Salgado – Wikipedia
Serra Pelada – Wikipedia
Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph
One of the greatest artist-photographers working today, Smith moved to New York in the 1970s and began to make images charged with startling beauty and spiritual energy. This long-awaited monograph brings together four decades of Smith’s work, celebrating her trademark lyricism, distinctively blurred silhouettes, dynamic street scenes, and deep devotion to theater, music, poetry, and dance―from the “Pittsburgh Cycle” plays of August Wilson to the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra. With never-before-seen images, and a range of illuminating essays and interviews, this tribute to Smith’s singular vision promises to be an enduring contribution to the history of American photography.
Ming Smith – Steven Kasher Gallery
Ming Smith – Wikipedia
The New Yorker – Ming Smith’s Pioneering Excavations of Black Femininity
Cultured Magazine – Photographer Ming Smith Reflects on the Milestones That Started Her Career
ARTnews – Ming Smith Shook Up Photography in the ’70s. Now, She is Coming into Full View
Musée – Feature: Ming Smith
VIDEO: Ming Smith | Introduction – Moderna Museet
VIDEO: DREAMWEAVERS: In / Conversation – Ming Smith and Arthur Jafa
Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam
In Under Fire, one of the most daring combat photographers of the Vietnam War, Catherine Leroy, pairs her work and that of other acclaimed photographers-–among them Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, and Don McCullin–with moving, evocative essays from an equally stellar roster of writers, including David Halberstam, Philip Caputo, Neil Sheehan, and Tim O’Brien.
Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam
From award-winning journalist and children’s book author Mary Cronk Farrell comes the inspiring and fascinating story of the woman who gave a human face to the Vietnam War. Close-Up on War tells the story of French-born Catherine Leroy, one of the war’s few woman photographers, who documented some of the fiercest fighting in the 20-year conflict.
You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War
Kate Webb, an Australian iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French daredevil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade. At a time when women were considered unfit to be foreign reporters, Frankie, Catherine, and Kate challenged the rules imposed on them by the military, ignored the belittlement of their male peers, and ultimately altered the craft of war reportage for generations.
Recounts the 1982 siege of Beirut by the Israeli Army and describes the pain and suffering caused by the fighting
Catherine Leroy – Official Website
C-SPAN 1985 Interview with Catherine Leroy
Catherine Leroy – Wikipedia
New York Times – Lens Blog – “In Her Own Words, Photographing the Vietnam War
New York Times – “The Greatest War Photographer You’ve Never Heard Of”
LIFE Magazine – Feb. 16, 1968 – “The Enemy Lets Me Take His Picture”
TIME Magazine article – “Who is the Enemy Here?”
Independent – Obituary – Catherine Leroy
Casual Photophile – “Women At War”
Lecture by Author Elizabeth Becker on YouTube
Helen Levitt: A Way of Seeing
Ever since it was first published in 1965, Helen Levitt’s collection of photographs taken on the streets of 1940s New York City has been revered as a classic of its genre. Made in collaboration with writer James Agee, who provided the book’s introduction, A Way of Seeing was published twice more with modifications during Levitt’s lifetime. This volume seeks to provide a definitive edition of the book with oversight from Levitt’s former assistant Marvin Hoshino, who has taken pains to include the best available prints and negatives of Levitt’s images.
Helen Levitt – Photofile
The classic Photofile series brings together the best work of the world’s greatest photographers in an attractive format and at a reasonable price. Handsome and collectible, each book contains a selection of the photographer’s most important and representative images in beautiful duotone and/or color, plus an introduction and a bibliography.
Helen Levitt NPR interview with Melissa Block
Helen Levitt – Wikipedia
New York Times: “Helen Levitt’s Street Photos Blend the Poetic With the Political”
Lauren Greenfield: Girl Culture
Revealing and insightful, Lauren Greenfield’s classic monograph on the lives of American girls is back in print. Greenfield’s award-winning photographs capture the ways in which girls are affected by American popular culture. With an eye for both the common and the eccentric, she visits girls of all ages, discussing issues ranging from eating disorders and self-mutilation to spring break and prom. With more than 100 mesmerizing photographs, 18 interviews, and an introduction by social and cultural historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg, this book is as vital and relevant now as when it was first published.
Lauren Greenfield: Fast Forward
Photographer Lauren Greenfield capures often shocking, always startling images of children at school, at play, or at home in the precocious city of Los Angeles. The stunning color photographs range from the children of the gang culture of South Central and East L.A. to the affluent, often show-business world of the Westside. Underlying is the overwhelming importance of image and celebrity, with its materialistic trappings of fast cars and expensive clothes. 80 full-color photos.
Lauren Greenfield – Wikipedia
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The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand
Garry Winogrand―along with Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander―was one of the most important photographers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as one of the world’s foremost street photographers. Award-winning writer Geoff Dyer has admired Winogrand’s work for many years. Modeled on John Szarkowski’s classic book Atget, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand is a masterfully curated selection of one hundred photographs from the Winogrand archive at the Center for Creative Photography, with each image accompanied by an original essay.
Garry Winogrand feature by Michael Engler on YouTube
Garry Winogrand – Wikipedia