Articles

Some of my writing on visual culture.

Controversial Color

May 14, 2018


In the 1950s, early color photography was widely scorned. Now it’s the default. What happened?






The Woman Who Was Robert Capa

January 5, 2018


Gerda Taro didn’t just help invent one of the world’s most famous photographers. Briefly, she was him.






A Distant, Overlooked Life

November 22, 2017   ·   photography,lithuania,vitas luckus


Vitas Luckus was too revolutionary a photographer to be accepted. But his is no ordinary rebel’s story.






Photopoetry

September 8, 2017


Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo captured something that cannot be seen.






Introspection

August 20, 2017


Why a Chilean photographer quit fame in pursuit of mysticism and solitude






Donald Trump’s Horror Picture Show

May 22, 2017


Photography of the presidency shows that Trump cares about optics, not visuals.






Anterior Future

March 6, 2017   ·   photography,photographer


The story of Tina Modotti's remarkable life—starting with a picture.






An Inkling

December 30, 2016


How August Sander’s uncanny images foreshadows the ending of time.






The Joy of a Round Photograph

November 18, 2016


The genius of Spectacles — and of simple complexity.






Brain-Eye Coordination

December 31, 2015


The mind’s puzzling insistence on the analogue.