In a career spanning six decades, Ray K. Metzker, who called himself “an intellectual wanderer,” created images of rare variety and intensity that reflected his commitment to exploring blackandwhite photography. From overlapping exposures to making a single picture from a roll of film, from using prints as building blocks for composite works to playing with […]
In landscape and nature photography, the gold standard has long been National Geographic Magazine. Month after month, by dispatching photographers across the globe, this venerable publication fills its glossy pages with jaw-dropping vistas and eye-grabbing macro shots of natureâ€™s weirdest and most wonderful creatures.
Patrick Zephyr, an independent nature photographer based in New England, has a […]
When he was just starting out, Gregory Heisler showed some of his photos to John Loengard, an accomplished photographer and future picture editor of LIFE magazine. Loengardâ€™s advice was, â€œShoot what you canâ€™t help but shoot! These will be your best pictures. In hindsight, you will develop your own style.â€
This sage advice preceded a highly […]
Ribs sticking out, twigs for arms, eyes sunken. Iâ€™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 […]
David Eustaceâ€™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. Eustaceâ€™s subjects include celebrities and other prominent people in the world of art, […]
Fields of tulips roll out like huge bolts of fabric, striping the flat Dutch landscape in yellows, oranges, reds and magentas. When he wasnâ€™t bicycling or playing soccer, Ron van Dongen wandered those fields in the village of Warmond, Netherlands, where he grew up. In August, heâ€™d harvest bulbs for summer vacation money in a […]
Wings sweep across the sky like an artistâ€™s brush on canvas. A Stellerâ€™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 […]
I was born into the world documented by Ezra Stoller, into that contagion of post-war, donâ€™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 […]
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. Itâ€™s one of more than 10,000 photographs EugÃ¨ne Atget made over 30 years, trying to preserve on film what was vanishing in this great city he loved.
Nearly 100 years […]
If you follow world events at all, you canâ€™t miss Kate Brooksâ€™s photographs. You also might not want to look at them. When her book In the Light of Darkness: A Photographerâ€™s Journey After 9/11 (Schilt Publishing, 2011) arrived at my doorstep, I braced myself. But what stands out most in these photographs â€” covering […]
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 […]
Words are tucked away at the back of Odyssey, Linda Connorâ€™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 Connorâ€™s approach. The spare listing of plate […]
In a booth on a quiet side of the Flying Star CafÃ© 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 â€œOCCUPYâ€ button pinned to its lapel.
Lyon, now 70, began photographing […]
For the past 30 years, Jim Vecchiâ€™s camera has helped himÂ turn his gaze inward. â€œMy artworks are a reflection of myÂ ongoing search for meaning,â€ he says. â€œI rely on beautyÂ and the act of seeing to explore, question and reinterpretÂ the way that we perceive the world.â€
Vecchiâ€™s photographs offer a way in. Itâ€™s as if his camera […]
Larry Yust calls his composite images photographic elevations,Â a term that he says, â€œI invented, as far as I know.â€Â Photographic elevations reference architectural elevations,Â which show how walls would appear if you could lookÂ anywhere at a building straight on. Elevations are drawnÂ without perspective. Yust describes his photographic elevations asÂ views which are not possible in nature because of […]