the literate lens

photography, writing and the spaces between

A Visit to Julia Margaret Cameron’s Dimbola

Julia Margaret Cameron, the great Victorian photographer of lyrical portraits and illustrated legends, lived and worked on the U.K.’s Isle of Wight from 1860 to 1875. This is where she … Continue reading

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Triangulated

On March 25, 1911, the United States experienced its deadliest ever industrial disaster. At around 4:40 p.m. that day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, on the … Continue reading

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Silicon Dreams: An Interview with Doug Menuez

In the last thirty years, digital technology has become indispensable. So seamlessly is this technology integrated into our lives that it’s sometimes hard to remember that as recently as the … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

American Atrophy

The clash between the bright optimism of America’s Dream and the tawdry gaudiness of its day-to-day reality is a subject that has been well covered in many artistic media. Authors … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 13 Comments

Apples and Oranges: An interview with Yael Ben-Zion

“I was wondering maybe could I make you my baby/If we do the unthinkable would it make us look crazy?” Alicia Keys sings in her 2010 hit song Unthinkable (I’m … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

Dancing while Rome Burns

Technically speaking, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over. The last American forces pulled out of Iraq in 2011, and President Obama recently announced that all U.S. troops will … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 48 Comments

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

April 18, 2014 · 8 Comments

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

March 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

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
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