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John Byrne, Scottish artist/playwright, 2011. In the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.Image © DAVID EUSTACE 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 [...]

By |May 15th, 2014|

In The Garden with RON VAN DONGEN

Ron in Field, 1966. Opposite: Papaver ‘Black Cloud,’ 2005 ©HENK VAN DONGEN 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 [...]

By |February 15th, 2014|

KATE BREAKEY The Taxonomy of Grace

Fallen Bird, from Remains, 1993, 34" x 28" © 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 [...]

By |November 15th, 2013|

EZRA STOLLER The Art of Architecture

Deering House, 1958. Architect, Paul Rudolph. 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 [...]

By |September 15th, 2013|


©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 [...]

By |May 15th, 2013|

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 [...]

By |February 15th, 2013|


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 [...]

By |November 15th, 2012|

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 [...]

By |September 1st, 2012|

Worlds to Conquer: The Photography of Danny Lyon

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 [...]

By |May 15th, 2012|


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 14x20-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.”

By |November 15th, 2011|