the literate lens

photography, writing and the spaces between

Close Encounters of the Theatrical Kind

Earlier this month, I wrote about how photographers and organizations were bringing elements of immersiveness and interactivity to their exhibitions at the Brooklyn festival Photoville. Though I didn’t plan it, this … Continue reading

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Photointeractivity at Photoville

The weather gods were smiling on Photoville this year, bringing sun and gentle breezes to the festival’s fifth anniversary. In fact, in my memory, this mellow photo festival in shipping … Continue reading

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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

September 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

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 · 11 Comments

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

July 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

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