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- A review of a first-rate catalogue—filled with compelling stories as well as an overview of photography’s relation to painting and other arts—that accompanied a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
- Packed with jubilant families, the smell of sweet cotton candy, and the sounds of carnival rides, the county fair is a nostalgic cultural institution for many Americans. Here, a photobook that digs deeper into the quiet moments that visitors often overlook.
- A new, retrospective book looks back at master photographer Joel Meyerowitz’s career: not just his greatest hits, not every photograph he’s ever taken—but the pictures that really matter.
- A comparative review of two very different collections of street photographs—the contemporary “Humans of New York” and the classic work of Helen Levitt—reveals an important distinction in the way we relate to all kinds of pictures.
- “This, I thought, is the allure. I have always loved water, both salt and fresh, and boats, for me, are made as much of magic as steel. But there is something deeper in the way water calls…”
- “As I read passages by photographers talking about their work, what I heard was a conversation…a multi-voiced guide on how to see the world, how to pull meaning from the elusive, how to think about the work we do…”
- A deep, personal look into the mind of a celebrated conflict photographer, one that takes us beyond the cover photos and into the great risks and costs that such a dedicated life entails.
- The world’s most iconic images linger in our minds, inviting us to create further stories and worlds from the moments captured therein. Why? This essay offers a single frame and an explanation.
- A photographer’s talent is an understanding of depth—so how can anyone make a good photograph while in the shoes of a tourist, when they have no depth to rely upon? This traveler’s essay offers one solution.
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