the literate lens

photography, writing and the spaces between

Reconsidering Robert Doisneau

One of the great things about reviewing books is that, every once in a while, a package arrives that contains a wonderful surprise. And hallelujah for that, because those of … Continue reading

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The Earth We Tread On: An Interview with Scott Strazzante

Back in 2008, I interviewed photographer Scott Strazzante for Photo District News when his project Common Ground was—if you’ll pardon the pun—getting off the ground. Interviewing photographers can be hit-or-miss: … Continue reading

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The Longest Journey: An Interview with Rick Smolan

By any standards, Rick Smolan has an impressive resumé. As a photographer, he has shot for TIME, Newsweek, and National Geographic. As a book editor, he created the bestselling A Day … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · 6 Comments

Words vs. Images, in Aperture’s Winter Issue

Aperture, the venerable photography magazine, has dedicated its winter issue to an investigation of the interplay between words and images. Are we becoming more visually literate? Is our image-rich culture … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Lost Treasure: An Interview with Ayelet Waldman

When Ayelet Waldman set out to write her new novel, Love and Treasure, it was with the vague idea that she wanted to write about the Holocaust and art. How, … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ten Ways Smartphones Are Changing Photography

The annual PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center in New York is not for the faint of heart. With its cluster of camera manufacturers and vendors giving frenzied demos, the … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · 13 Comments

Vegetable Peelings: Revealing the Creative Process

When a photograph becomes acclaimed, whether as journalism or art, questions can swirl around it. What’s the story—did the photographer capture the image in a moment of serendipity or as … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 6 Comments

Art Therapy

“So, Sarah, how can I help?” Thus begins my interview with Saul Robbins, distinguishing it from countless photographer interviews I’ve conducted over the years. For unlike other photographers, Robbins isn’t … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Photoville Grows Up

Photoville is all grown up. In 2012, when the pop-up photography village launched with twenty-some shipping containers on the Brooklyn waterfront, it was the equivalent of a toddler: jolly, eager … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 1 Comment
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