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Invisible City: An Interview with Marc Yankus

Whether they’re Art Deco skyscrapers or contemporary apartment blocks, the distinctive buildings of New York are well known. We’ve all seen them photographed ad infinitum, from the snail-like whorls of … Continue reading

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Future Shock: Google Glass and Photography

Remember those Harry Potter movies where photographs in the newspaper move? Or the face recognition Arnold Schwarzenegger employed in the Terminator films? According to one industry expert, these advances are … Continue reading

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Bronx Tales: An Interview with Chris Arnade

Aside from a few notorious individuals—Henry Ford, perhaps, or Bernie Madoff—few people get to experience life at society’s top and bottom. Chris Arnade is an exception. Two years ago, Arnade … Continue reading

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From a Walking Tomato to Death Squads: Saturday in New York

Art is ennobling, art is one of the highest expressions of human civilization …and sometimes, art can be downright weird. I say this in the wake of a six-hour blitzkrieg … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 4 Comments

Paradigm Shifts at the ICP

Robert Capa in color? That’s a bit like Philip Glass going hip hop, isn’t it, or Thomas Pynchon writing a TV pilot? The most famous war photographer of the twentieth … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

Playing the Long Game

Photographs are made in fractions of seconds, but a good photography project can take years—even decades. Just ask Harvey Stein. Like Aesop’s famous tortoise, Stein works slowly and persistently, often … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 5 Comments

Little Bigshots: An Interview with Shree K. Nayar

Cameras can be pretty daunting these days. With features like HD video, hybrid autofocus and geo-tagging, photography has moved a long way from the days when a consumer camera was … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Three Worthy Gift Books

It’s that time of year again: the time when stores are full of tinsel, acapella versions of The Little Drummer Boy go viral, and year-end best-of booklists start popping up … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 5 Comments

“A Kind of Spy”: The Secret Life of Vivian Maier

Who was Vivian Maier? She could be described the way Churchill once spoke of Russia, as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” A prim, foreign-accented woman, Maier … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 23 Comments
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