Category Archives: On Photography

Reinhold Marxhausen and Seeing

Something recently got me thinking about Reinhold Marxhausen and how he helped teach me to see. Marxhausen was an artist and photographer who spent most of his professional life as a professor at Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. In the … Continue reading

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Striving for Art

Photography, the Key Concepts by David Bate, Berg Publishers Where exactly does photography fit into the world of art? That photography is, or can be, “art” has been a settled question for a century or more. Far more difficult to … Continue reading

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Updating Web Site, Work and a Cold Interferes

I’m been trying to update my web site. Categorizing some photos and creating a few new pages. It’s an ongoing process, but I’m getting there. That, plus my real job and a horrible cold have been interfering with the blog. … Continue reading

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A few quick thoughts on portraits

I’ve had portraits on my mind lately. I attended a workshop in Chicago put on by Digital Photo Academy, which is a Panasonic-sponsored series of workshops in various cities around the country. Unlike the “tour” workshops that hit a series … Continue reading

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Phaidon interview with Stephen Shore

Phaidon, the publisher of art and photography books, is apparently dong a series of brief interviews called “The Decade Interview” asking artists and photographers: Where were you 10 years ago? What are you doing today? Where will you be in … Continue reading

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Is Fine Art Photography Dead?

I’ve been slogging through David Bate’s textbook, Photography: The Key Concepts. (And it is a slow, hard slog.) There’s lots to think about and write about, but in the meantime, Philip Gefter has an interesting piece in the magazine Photograph … Continue reading

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Interview with Robert Frank

This is pretty cool. An interview with Robert Frank. It was posted on this French website, but appears to have originated with this other French website, in conjunction with a 2009 exhibition. Robert Frank : interview

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In Search of Things as They Are

Disappearing Witness by Gretchen Garner. Johns Hopkins University Press. Gretchen Garner thinks documentary photography contributes something that is worth preserving. For much of the 20th Century,  that would have seemed like a ridiculously self-evident perspective. Documentary photography, or more precisely, … Continue reading

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Gretchen Garner is hot!

Disappearing Witness. Gretchen Garner. I thought that might get your attention. To clarify, and to avoid any domestic problems, it’s really Garner’s book Disappearing Witness that I’m infatuated with. Most photography critiques don’t exactly qualify as page-turners. But, I find … Continue reading

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So, what’s Philip Gefter got against Annie Leibovitz?

A lot, apparently. In his Photography After Frank , most of Gefter’s essays are complementary profiles of a variety of photographers, some famous, some not so much. But, when it comes to his review of Leibovitz’s own book, A Photographer’s … Continue reading

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