Members of an Unknown Amazon Basin Tribe: photography by Reuters (see final link below)
Today marks the one-year anniversary of master portraitist Arnold Newman’s death in New York City. As much as I pored over Newman’s photos when I was younger, dates like this don’t just stick in my head unassisted. That’s why I love the History of Photography Calendar—how else would I have known that I share a birthday with one of my favorite photographers, Arno Rafael Minkkinen?
Geoff Dyer can barely contain all of his thoughts on the Tate’s Street & Studio show in his latest column. Dyer has a highly informed and unique spin on photography that’s refreshingly free of the usual academic approaches to analysis. It reminds me, in a way, of James Agee’s film criticism: the deftly worded enthusiasms of an amateur expert.
If you are reading this, you’re almost certainly aware of the fledgling website, Women in Photography. Hopefully, founders Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips will have the time and energy to continue this important project on top of their own photography. A grant or two, or support from a kindred institution, could really help this site take off. The possibilities are endless, matched only by the tremendous bodies of photography that women have created in the past 169 years. (Speaking of, I’d really love to see a regular feature on there about female photographers throughout history.)
As far as context-free visual stimulus goes, Lens Culture‘s 33-image preview of Photo Espana is well worth clicking through. How wonderful does it sound to be in Madrid right now, listening to Joan Fontcuberta opining on The Future of Photography?
I wish Page 291 updated more often, because the author does a great job with concise impressions of East Coast exhibitions. For instance: Friedlander on Olmsted and the BMA’s curious history of photography.
This post on Photographic Anthropology (or more accurately, the image that inspired it, of remote tribesmen brandishing weapons at the low-flying airplane that repeatedly buzzed their primitive settlement) deserves to be expanded into a longer essay by someone with a stronger background in ethnography than myself. Is Coco Fusco on the case already? (full story)