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Wherever you stand, you have the impression of being on the margin of a dangerous precipice. Brasilia stands on the margin. — Were I to live here, I should let my hair grow down to my feet. — Brasilia belongs to a glorious past which no longer exists. That type of civilization disappeared thousands of […]

“One thing I had already guessed: I would have to write always, not waiting for a better moment because that would simply never come. Writing was always difficult for me, even though I had begun with what is known as vocation. Vocation is different from talent. One can have vocation and not talent; one can […]

In the Colored World, There’s No Space for Dreams

This advertising clip for the Leica M Monochrom is both amazing and completely ridiculous: It reminds me of how shunned color photography used to be, with Henri Cartier-Bresson reportedly telling William Eggleston, a trailblazer of color photography: “You know, William, color is bullshit.” Of course it isn’t there is some incredibly evocative color photography, and […]

“It is never inspiration that drives you to tell a story, but rather a combination of anger and clarity.” –Valeria Luiselli


At record pace, a second podcast episode in two weeks. You thought I was done with Latin American? No way: Here’s an episode about the Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and more broadly about describing something that cannot be seen. Listen, or read on for the transcript.

“El objetivo del fotógrafo continúa siendo satisfacer los impulsos del ojo: descubrir.” —Mireira A. Puigventós