the literate lens

photography, writing and the spaces between

Category Archives: Uncategorized

Bronx Tales: An Interview with Chris Arnade

Aside from a few notorious individuals—Henry Ford, perhaps, or Bernie Madoff—few people get to experience life at society’s top and bottom. Chris Arnade is an exception. Two years ago, Arnade … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 78 Comments

Little Bigshots: An Interview with Shree K. Nayar

Cameras can be pretty daunting these days. With features like HD video, hybrid autofocus and geo-tagging, photography has moved a long way from the days when a consumer camera was … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Photography meets Theater in Chimerica

When does a news photograph become iconic? Typically, when it distils an important story into a single, powerfully graphic image. Its subjects are often victims of injustice—Nick Ut’s napalmed Vietnamese … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 6 Comments

Damaged Goods: An Interview with Larry C. Price

Where did the gold for your wedding ring come from, and what was involved in its production? How about those fancy running shoes, or the surprisingly cheap silk shirt you … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 8 Comments

Selective Vision and Photojournalism

If you believe the hype, the next great technological frontier will be in the realm of vision, with digital tools embedded in glasses or in contact lenses to record, analyze … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 5 Comments

Flights of Fantasy: An Interview with Paolo Ventura

Nostalgia is a potent force. We long for lost times, people we’ve left behind, a former self. Or perhaps we fantasize about paths not taken, ideas left unexplored. Either way, … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

South Africa’s Disgrace in Words and Images

How do great literature and great photography enhance each other, and what can each do that the other can’t? Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 8 Comments

Rineke Dijkstra and the Solemn Portrait

Adolescence is a subject that has fascinated many photographers. That’s understandable: it’s a time that’s awkward, thrilling, beautiful and depressing—sometimes all at once. The raw material of childhood is being … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · 7 Comments

London Calling

I’ve been in England for the last two weeks, and by far the most talked-about photographs are the blurry cellphone snaps of Prince Harry cavorting naked in Las Vegas with … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 5 Comments