photography, writing and the spaces between
“A picture speaks a thousand words” — so goes the cliché. But there are times when words have a specificity that would be impossible for an image to convey, and other times when images contain non-linguistic nuances. And there are still other times when words and images come together to form a complete entity, documentary or artistic.
We live in an interconnected world. The Literate Lens is a bi-weekly blog that investigates connections between photography, art and literature, aiming to bring more depth to the cultural conversation around all three.
I’m Sarah Coleman, a writer and editor based in New York City. I’ve always been interested in both literature and visual art, especially photography. For many years I wrote about books, art, film and photography for a number of publications including Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, Art News, New York Newsday and Photo District News. I still contribute to some of those publications (my journalism web site is here) and I’m also now getting back to my Fiction MFA roots by writing a novel set during the early days of documentary photography.
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Header image by Akbar Sim.