the literate lens

photography, writing and the spaces between

Well-Worn Words: An Interview with Robin Cracknell

This is the second of two posts from London. In an increasingly digital world, photographer Robin Cracknell is an anomaly. An artist who uses film exclusively, he even goes out of his … Continue reading

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The Birth of Arbus

There are artists whose work is so raw, so emotionally direct, that it seems potentially dangerous. In 1938, the Surrealist artist André Breton described Frida Kahlo’s painting as “a ribbon … Continue reading

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Georgia O’Keeffe, Modernism and Photography

This is the first of two posts from London, U.K. Of all the notable 20th century artists, Georgia O’Keeffe might win the prize for Most Featured on Posters and Paraphenalia. … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 9 Comments

Faces in the Crowd

A friend, visiting from California recently, remarked that New Yorkers are skilled in the “art of the swerve.” She was referring to that moment that happens when two people, approaching … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Mother Lode: An Interview with Ali Smith

Mothers’ Day is just around the corner, and if you’ve had it up to here with chocolate hearts and perfumed soaps and schmaltzy messages on flowery greeting cards, you might … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

Some Highlights from AIPAD

On a visit yesterday to AIPAD, the Association of International Photography Art Dealers fair at the Park Avenue Armory, my friend, the talented food photographer Evi Abeler, and I played … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Diane Arbus, Howard Nemerov and Sibling Rivalry

For the poet Howard Nemerov, photography “was the enemy of all that was mobile and enchanting and fluid and lovely about our short time on earth.” It was slightly inconvenient, … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · 6 Comments