Articles by W Scott
A Hard Beauty: A Review of Lynsey Addario’s “Of Love & War”
In her new book, Lynsey Addario grapples with the ethical complexities that come with being a documentary photographer.
The Sweetness of Envy
A new book by photographer Rachel Cobb expertly captures the invisible phenomenon of wind.
Nostalgia and Wonder in the Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan
Looking back on Sheehan’s author portraits, we are reminded of the importance of connecting with the faces behind the stories that impact our lives.
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...
Provocative Generosity and the Joy of Scope: Meyerowitz’s “Where I Find Myself”
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.
What in the World Are We Looking For?
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.
Peace at Sea: Reflections from the Staten Island Ferry
“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…”
On Reading the Great Photobooks
“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…”
The Extraordinary Life: Lynsey Addario’s “It’s What I 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.
Single Frame Narrative Photography: An Essay
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.
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North Dakota State University Press, March 03, 2016