Imogen and Twinka, 1974, Judy Dater © JUDY DATER, 1974. THE LANE COLLECTION. COURTESY, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON Best known for her sharp-focus modernist images from the 1920s and 30s, Imogen Cunningham, who died in 1976, worked in a myriad of styles. Admired to the point of reverence for her seven decades [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|

GORDON PARKS: Back to Fort Scott

Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950 / PHOTOGRAPH BY GORDON PARKS. COURTESY AND © THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION. COURTESY MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON “I was born to a black childhood of confusion and poverty — the memory of that beginning influences my work today.” Gordon Parks Everything is about timing, [...]

By |May 15th, 2016|

GARRY WINOGRAND Student of America

New York, ca. 1962 ©The Estate of Garry WinoGrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco Garry Winogrand’s body of work is as big and sprawling as the country he documented. It’s said that over two million people — roughly one percent of the U.S. population in the 1960s — were captured by his lens. [...]

By |September 15th, 2014|

MARISSA ROTH: Chosen by a Project

Afghan Women and Children Refugees. Thal, Pakistan, 1988Image © MARISSA ROTH Some photographers consciously choose what they want to shoot — landscapes, rodeos, city skylines, the faces of aging — but for a few, the creative process is reversed. The project chooses them. Their subject becomes an irresistible, driving force, propelling them forward [...]

By |May 15th, 2014|

TIM BRADLEY Exploring Place and Process

Untitled (Apartment interior) © TIM BRADLEY When photographers who learned their skills in the film age get together, the conversation often centers on how they dealt with the transition from film to digital. As time passes and film is not completely extinct, as many people feared, it is not uncommon for professionals and [...]

By |November 15th, 2013|

DOUGLAS KIRKLAND A Love Affair With Photography

Sophia Loren, Rome 1972 © DOUGLAS KIRKLAND "It’s all your fault, Ken!” exclaimed Françoise Kirkland. Photographer Douglas Kirkland chimed in, “In 2005, when you invited me to judge the student photo contest at Daytona State College in Florida, we began talking with Kevin Miller about the possibility of an exhibition. The 50-year retrospective of [...]

By |February 15th, 2013|


Unidentified Photographer. Part of the crowd near the Drill Hall on the opening day of the Treason Trial, December 19, 1956. Times Media Collection, MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg. The history of South Africa’s apartheid era was documented on a dayby- day basis by the people who lived through it. Now that history is on view [...]

By |November 15th, 2012|

JUDY DATER :: Seeing and Being Seen

© JUDY DATER, Juggler, 2012 Every Saturday morning, five-year-old Judy Dater eagerly went with her father to the movie theater he owned near Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. While he put away cartons of candy and popcorn and retreated to his office, she stepped into the blackest space imaginable to her, its [...]

By |September 1st, 2012|

Vivian Maier: Private Life. Public Eye.

She washes the last of the breakfast dishes, gives the children a quick goodbye kiss on the cheek, slings her camera around her neck and heads out the door. It’s another overcast Saturday in a northern Chicago suburb as nanny and housekeeper Vivian Maier takes the train once again into the city. Or [...]

By |May 15th, 2012|


And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can’t get to sleep? And night time’s just a jungle dark and a barking M16? And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means? God help me, I was only nineteen... The melancholy song “I Was Only Nineteen,” [...]

By |February 15th, 2012|