Weegee on his fire escape (detail), c. 1939, photographer unknown.
It took me a few false starts before I was able to dive into the writings of historian/theoritician Geoffrey Batchen, who remains most well-known for his remarkable book, Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography. For those who haven’t yet made the Batchen plunge, this brief interview covers a number of his overarching concerns, which are nothing if not ambitious. (Bonus: Read the New York Times‘ original review of Burning with Desire here.)
Holly Andres‘ photographs received some insightful analysis and praise last week from friend and colleague John Motley at the Portland Mercury. Also on the local front: small A projects is closing at the end of the month and heading to NYC. I’m in the middle of reviewing their current photography show, and was planning to post it over the weekend. This is a real blow to Portland’s art scene.
1000 Words, the new online photo mag that’s got everyone (rightfully) aflutter, just posted a nice short film about Stephen Shore, who serves to remind us how wonderfully articulate so many photographers are about their work. [Wow—YouTube user elphistone, who uploaded the video, has similar shorts about the Bechers, Martin Parr, Todd Hido, and others. If I still had a desk job and a boss, they’d both be so neglected tomorrow.]
Yesterday I started reading the deeply engaging Weegee and Naked City from the Defining Moments in American Photography series. Today the Times gives Mr. Felig the slideshow, three-click-through article, video, and “primer” treatment, whatever the fuck that is. (Seriously, what is that?) Weegee would be most pleased.
Lastly, Aperture has thrown together a web-only tribute to the year 1968, which is fine once you get past the goofy intro. There’s a nice gallery of photojournalism from the likes of Bruno Barbey, Raymond Depardon, Don McCullin, and Elliot Erwitt, as well as a reprint of “The Unbearable Relevance of Photography” by the underrated Fred Richtin. And as a special bonus: groovy fonts, man!