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Rockwell Redux: An Interview with Maggie Meiners

What comes to mind when you think of Norman Rockwell? Chances are, that name conjures up reassuring images of 1950s Americana, with subjects ranging from soda fountains to baseball games … Continue reading

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Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Art of Subversion

This is a guest post by Jennifer Cody Epstein. In the run-up to the presidential election last November, few of Donald Trump’s proposals sparked quite as much alarm as his … Continue reading

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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

October 31, 2016 · 3 Comments

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

October 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

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