Some of my writing on visual culture.

“You have to be a little bit stupid.“

August 19, 2018

I traveled to Stockholm to ask photographer Anders Petersen how he takes his photos—and got a some very different answers than I expected.

Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo

July 13, 2018   ·   travel,georgia,photography,urbex

Riding the ropeways of Stalin's impossible mining city.

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.


September 8, 2017

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


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 foreshadow the ending of time.