1. "Would painters ever be allowed to paint people again, or trees, or rivers, or flowers in a vase? Photorealists said yes. They decided that it was time to reclaim “the real world” for painting. But photography had long ago established its primacy as the recorder of how the real world looks. Want to have an accurate memory of your wedding day? Hire a photographer. Photorealists came up with a clever way to bring painting back into this story. They started making painstakingly accurate paintings of photographs. By painting photographs, they’d found a “back door” route into the world of people and trees and flower vases. Admittedly, this was not a long-term solution to the dilemma of painting after photography. But no aesthetic answer has ever been long-term. It worked for the moment."

  2. "

    Many of us cannot help looking because of what Susan Sontag has called “the perennial seductiveness of war.” It is a kind of rubbernecking, staring at the bloody aftermath of something that is not an act of God but of man. The effect, as Ms. Sontag pointed out in an essay in The New Yorker in 2002, is anything but certain.

    “Making suffering loom larger, by globalizing it, may spur people to feel they ought to ‘care’ more,” she wrote. “It also invites them to feel that the sufferings and misfortunes are too vast, too irrevocable, too epic to be much changed by any local, political intervention.”

    So now that war comes to us in real time, do we feel helpless or empowered? Do we care more, or will the ubiquity of images and information desensitize us to the point where human suffering loses meaning when it is part of a scroll that includes a video of your niece twerking? Oh, we say as our index finger navigates to the next item, another one of those.

    As war becomes a more remote, mechanized activity, posts and images from the target area have significant value. When a trigger gets pulled or bombs explode, real people are often on the wrong end of it. And bearing witness to the consequences gives meaning to what we see.

  4. Little India, Singapore, 2014

    Callan Tham

  5. gouldbookbinder:

    Excited to learn that Masahisa Fukase exhibition is coming to Paris at Le Bal this fall!!!

    (Source: likeafieldmouse)


  6. "An artistic activity such as photography is “literally and figuratively enlivening,” according to Ellen J. Langer, a professor of psychology at Harvard and author of “On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity.” “When people are depressed, they tend to retreat from the world. Noticing things in the camera puts you in the present moment, makes you sensitive to context and perspective, and that’s the essence of engagement. I have years of research telling us how good that is for health and well-being.”"

  7. "But aren’t young people only interested in browsing Tumblr photos and reading sound bites on blogs? Isn’t our “I-get-the-idea” culture killing the spirit of plunging into the depths of a book? Steidl’s outlook is bright. He guest lectures five-six times a week at universities across the globe, and he sees a strong interest in theory of printed matter from the young. The problem to him, is that they have no practice."
  8. phroyd:

    Liberals … Bring A Conscience To Politics For Generations!


    (via mommapolitico)

  9. random-rumbles:


  10. karenweston:

    chema madoz is a surrealist photographer whose work i’ve seen floating around the interwebs but never knew who was behind them. his work stood out to me because it was funny and clever, which is a unique quality for surrealism.

    (via halleluyang)

  13. mpdrolet:

    Salvador Dali, Paris, 1950

    Willy Rizzo

  14. mpdrolet:

    From No Anthem

    Maury Gortemiller


  15. "[Street photography has] sort of turned into this “calling” for people, there’s almost a weird religious aspect to it that bugs me, and makes me uncomfortable. But that extends into other forms of documentary photography as well. The heroic photographer. The visionary. The seer. Street photography as self-help.