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Category Archives: Documentary Photography

Turning the Tables: An Interview with Sarah Coleman

Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Mark Jenkinson for his book Photography Careers: Finding Your True Path, which is coming out soon from Focal Press (just in time for you … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 8 Comments

Responding to August Sander… in Poetry

Stalwart, pensive, anonymous: the people in August Sander’s portraits are identified only by their jobs or social classes. A bricklayer; young farmers; a professional middle-class couple. Look past the titles, though, … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 19 Comments

Home and Away: An Interview with Ed Kashi

Last week, renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi took over the Instagram feed of the photography nonprofit Cause Beautiful. He posted images and text from his 2012 book Photojournalisms, which had passed under … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

Photoville 2015: A Literate Lens Sampler

There was rain forecast for later in the day, but in the meantime the weather was balmy and perfect. A light breeze was blowing off the East River, and across … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 6 Comments

Too Young To Wed: The Tragedy of Child Marriage

How many children in the world would you guess are currently married, and how young is the youngest? The idea of child marriage seems archaic: it brings with it echoes of medieval … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 9 Comments

In Love and War: An Interview with Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario shows up at Paul café in London in a pink coat and matching coral lipstick, her large brown eyes prominent and sparkling. It takes a moment to adjust … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 8 Comments

Time Blending: Peter Funch and the Whitney Museum

Even before the new Whitney Museum opened to the public on May 1, 2015, critics were hailing it as a triumph. After five decades, the museum had left its bunker-like building on … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments