Archives › Feature Articles

BENJAMIN RUSNAK Making Contact

Bathed in Love

Ribs sticking out, twigs for arms, eyes sunken. I’ll never forget it. I was about seven years old when my mother showed me a black-and-white photograph of a naked and emaciated child, in some book at the public library. For me, that moment was the start of learning about a much bigger and more serious […]

In Search of DAVID EUSTACE

John Byrne

David Eustace’s love of people is apparent in his portraiture. His work has been described as powerful in its simplicity, yet complex at the same time. To look at one of his portraits is to see the very essence of an individual. Eustace’s subjects include celebrities and other prominent people in the world of art, […]

In The Garden with RON VAN DONGEN

Paeonia ‘Barrymore,’ 1995

Fields of tulips roll out like huge bolts of fabric, striping the flat Dutch landscape in yellows, oranges, reds and magentas. When he wasn’t bicycling or playing soccer, Ron van Dongen wandered those fields in the village of Warmond, Netherlands, where he grew up. In August, he’d harvest bulbs for summer vacation money in a […]

KATE BREAKEY The Taxonomy of Grace

Desert Globemallow, from Flowers, 2006, 32" x 32" © KATE BREAKEY

Wings sweep across the sky like an artist’s brush on canvas. A Steller’s Jay squawks through my backyard and lands in the plum tree, and I admire its crested head and blue feathers striped in black. I can picture this bird so clearly in the hands of Kate Breakey. But it would have to be […]

EZRA STOLLER The Art of Architecture

Olivetti Underwood Factory, 1969. Architect, Louis Kahn. EZRA STOLLER ©ESTO

I was born into the world documented by Ezra Stoller, into that contagion of post-war, don’t-look-back American optimism that proliferated even in my native South. My father and his siblings had left the farm, laden with Depression-era memories, for the factories and their promise of a portal to a better, less backbreaking life. Car love […]

Double Vision CHRISTOPHER RAUSCHENBERG’S HOMAGE TO ATGET

©CHRISTOPHER RAUSCHENBERG

Early mornings he walked the old Paris with his camera. One day in Saint-Cloud, he came across a spiral-topped gatepost and took a picture of it. It’s one of more than 10,000 photographs Eugène Atget made over 30 years, trying to preserve on film what was vanishing in this great city he loved. Nearly 100 […]

KATE BROOKS Gravity And Grace

Poppies. Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan 2002 © KATE BROOKS

If you follow world events at all, you can’t miss Kate Brooks’s photographs. You also might not want to look at them. When her book In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer’s Journey After 9/11 (Schilt Publishing, 2011) arrived at my doorstep, I braced myself. But what stands out most in these photographs — covering […]

Andreas Franke: LIFE UNDERWATER

Adam’s Break. Florida 2012

The first time you submerge underwater, you know you are in a different world. Sounds are muted and the blue wash of the water changes colors and contrast, blurring out anything that is too far away. You are in an intimate space, interacting only with your immediate environment, floating freely until your lungs beg for […]

Images of Wonder: The Photographs of LINDA CONNOR

© LINDA CONNOR, Chartres, 1983

Words are tucked away at the back of Odyssey, Linda Connor’s most recent book of photographs, a series of 142 tri-tone plates published by Chronicle in 2008. Drawn from work spanning four decades, this book, which accompanied a traveling exhibition in 2009-2010, embodies the very deliberate nature of Connor’s approach. The spare listing of plate […]

Worlds to Conquer: The Photography of Danny Lyon

The Coal Truck Drivers, Jiexiu, Shanxi Province.

In a booth on a quiet side of the Flying Star Café in the small town of Bernalillo, New Mexico, I found Danny Lyon working on an old Mac Powerbook. His heavy grey wool Pendleton coat, thrown across the table, bore a black and red “OCCUPY” button pinned to its lapel. Lyon, now 70, began […]

Kenro Izu :: AN ARCHITECTURE OF FAITH

Druk #323

Rising up through Tibet’s Himalayas, the snow-covered peak of Mount Kailash glows as if illuminated from within, radiating a hallowed essence. The sacred site is one of hundreds around the world that Izu has photographed since 1979. His 14×20-inch large format, platinum/ palladium contact prints — among them, Egypt’s Step Pyramid, Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, Easter Island, Machu Picchu and the Mayan ruins — appear in Kenro Izu: A Thirty Year Retrospective (Nazraeli Press, 2010), his ninth and most recent book.

“It’s not my purpose to photograph the architecture,” Izu tells me from his studio in Rhinebeck, New York (www.kenroizu.com). “I’m trying to photograph the air surrounding it. I feel that the accumulation of prayers over thousands of years is embedded in the atmosphere.”

Jim Vecchi :: INTO THE LIGHT

Language of Time, Cortona, Italy, 2004 / © Jim Vecchi

For the past 30 years, Jim Vecchi’s camera has helped him turn his gaze inward. “My artworks are a reflection of my ongoing search for meaning,” he says. “I rely on beauty and the act of seeing to explore, question and reinterpret the way that we perceive the world.” Vecchi’s photographs offer a way in. It’s as if his […]

Larry Yust :: Photographic Elevations

Havana, Calle Brasi © LARRY YUST

Larry Yust calls his composite images photographic elevations, a term that he says, “I invented, as far as I know.” Photographic elevations reference architectural elevations, which show how walls would appear if you could look anywhere at a building straight on. Elevations are drawn without perspective. Yust describes his photographic elevations as views which are not possible in nature because of […]

The Intimate Eye: Nicholas Nixon’s Family Photographs

The Brown Sisters, 1978

Among the most compelling of Nicholas Nixon’s photographic series are the portraits of his close-knit family. Taken over four decades, these photographs explore long-committed relationships, the passage of time and enduring family connections. Nicholas Nixon: Family Album, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) through May 1, 2011, features more than 70 blackand- white portraits by one of the most celebrated American photographers of his generation.

Maggie Steber – Wild Horse Running Across the Plain

Steber

I first met Maggie Steber in the 1980s at the Maine Photo Workshops. Passion and motivation are the secrets of her success in making photographs for magazines and newspapers around the world. All the big names are on the list: LIFE, The New Yorker, The New York Times…

Candacy Taylor

Candacy

Feature: Candacy Taylor

To bring light to slices of American life with her projects, Taylor turned herself into a photographer.