Lartigue in Color

Jacques Henri Lartigue was a fortunate man, wealthy and alive at the time that photography started to become an art form, he started taking pictures in childhood and continued into old age. Better known for his black and white work, recently his color work has been collected in the book ‘Lartigue: Life in Color.’ The …

Golden Days

Austrian pub culture is not something I’ve ever given much thought to until seeing Clemens Marschall’s photobook, ‘Golden Days Before They End.’ It’s reminiscent of Anders Peterson’s ‘Cafe Lehmitz,’ which did something similar in the 1970’s with a bar Hamburg’s red light district. Whereas Peterson worked in black and white, Marschall works in a rich …

The City Within

Brooklyn is my home.And it’s also the subject of photo book by Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb. They have attempted to capture Brooklyn in all its diversity using their brilliant grasp of color photography and composition.

Femininties

French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin had one of the most unique visions in fashion photography, taking pictures that told a story as much as they sold some clothes. A protege of Man Ray his images reflect a true artistic vision and also a cruel streak reflected in his treatment of some of his models. In …

Dubliners

Legendary street photographer, Martin Parr, described Eamonn Doyle’s photos as the best he’d seen in years. It’s hard not to agree with that statement. Taken on the streets of Dublin, they are graphic and raw and like all good examples of the genre hint at the lives of their subjects. A book featuring a sample …

Life Lived in Color

About the only art show I wanted to see over the summer was the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition of the color work of Garry Winogrand. It was, as to be expected of one of the great street photographers of the mid twentieth century, masterly. Projected on to the walls in the form of high quality slides, …

Alex Prager

Alex Prager creates strange and fabulous images that look as if they might have been culled from some cult classic film of the sixties. This year there’s a collection of her work featuring some of her most famous and enduring work.

Evelyn Hofer

Evelyn Hofer is a photographer best known for her work in the fities and sixties including these wonderful images from a reissued collection of her New York photos. As an adopted son of the city, I love her take on Gotham.

Uncommon

A recent show at MoMA featured the work of iconic photographer Stephen Shore. It showed the breadth of his work, but still the images I most associates with him are those taken in the 1970’s and featured in the book ‘Uncommon Places’ a kind of greatest hits collection of his work. Many document an old …

Sexual Dependency

Nan Goldin’s famed series ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency’ is showing at MOMA. There a few selected images from the book on the gallery walls but when you step into the darkness of an additional room you see a series of Goldin’s images appearing one after the other to an imaginative soundtrack that goes from …