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Category Archives: Books

Past Due: An Interview with Kerry Mansfield

Most of us have a few of them knocking around: those old, worn books that we can’t let go of, despite knowing we’ll never read them again. Maybe your college … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Life in the Face of Death: A Tour with Nancy Borowick

“I’ve scrapbooked a fence in Brooklyn,” Nancy Borowick said with a laugh. It was Sunday, the second weekend of Photoville 2017, and the photographer was leading a walking tour of … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 4 Comments

Putting Photography in Context: An interview with Mark Alice Durant

Mark Alice Durant writes beautifully about photography. Photographs are “skins of light…the ghosts of our ancestors,” he writes, but while photography “pilfers luminescence,” it is “handcuffed to time.” Taking a … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Bad Girl: An Interview with Marcia Resnick

One of the pleasures of attending AIPAD: The Photography Show in New York a few weeks ago was the chance to see work by the artist Marcia Resnick in two … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Josef Albers and Nan Goldin, an Unlikely Duo

What do Josef Albers and Nan Goldin have in common? Not much, it would seem. Albers, who was one of the principal forces behind the famed German art school the … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

January 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

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