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Category Archives: Documentary Photography

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

How the New York Times puts words and images together

Ah, Photoville, I look forward to you every year. Balmy waterfront, Brooklyn hipsters, shipping containers with all kinds of interesting photo exhibits. Panels and workshops; nighttime shows in the beer … Continue reading

September 22, 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

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

Heart of the Matter: An interview with Glenna Gordon

In northern Nigeria, being female can sometimes be a risky proposition. In this patriarchal, Muslim-dominated society, one of the better options for a girl is to enter into an arranged … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 6 Comments

The Power of Visual Storytelling: An Interview with Mark Tuschman

In the history of social advocacy, photography has played a key role. It makes sense: a compelling photograph has a visceral impact that goes beyond words. Lewis Hine’s photographs of child … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 10 Comments