the literate lens

photography, writing and the spaces between

Diane Arbus, Howard Nemerov and Sibling Rivalry

For the poet Howard Nemerov, photography “was the enemy of all that was mobile and enchanting and fluid and lovely about our short time on earth.” It was slightly inconvenient, … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · 6 Comments

Saul Leiter in London

Saul Leiter would have hated this article. Before reading a word of it, he would have deemed it “too much.” In the first essay in Saul Leiter, a new monograph that accompanies … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 10 Comments

Mission Total Immersion: Laura Poitras at the Whitney

Would you like your art with a side of politics, or your politics with a side of art? You don’t really have to choose at Astro Noise, a new exhibition … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 3 Comments

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

A Lesbian Gun: Words and Images Inspire Todd Hayne’s New Masterpiece ‘Carol’

In writing and film, storytelling is often a dance between the narrative and the visual. Fiction writers use vivid descriptions to help readers visualize a story’s world, while a film’s visuals often … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

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