Tag Archives: Nan Goldin

Other Perspectives – Geoff Dyer

Unlike John Szarkowski, the curator (here) and Stephen Shore the photographer  and teacher (here) Geoff Dyer ‘s relationship with photography is as an outsider, he declares he doesn’t own a camera, professes no special expertise as art historian or critic … Continue reading

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Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography by Susan Bright

Susan Bright’s book (1) should be the ideal starting point for a study of self-portrait and in many ways it is but I find the artists’ work that Bright has selected to be generally rather uninspiring. As one would expect … Continue reading

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Francesca Woodman

“Thru 6/13: 120 works of photographer francesca woodman (nsfw), who committed suicide at age 22 in 1981, go on display at the Guggenheim.” Jillian Stienhauer writing in the Paris Review (1) picks out this prosaic statement, an exhibition announcement in a … Continue reading

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Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Stills

Postmodernism and Feminism  Cindy Sherman often uses the word “ambiguous” when describing the intent of her work, so when Elizabeth Couturier describes her as the “high priestess of the conceptual self portrait” (1) we must be careful not to leap to any … Continue reading

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Insiders / Outsiders and Documentary Photography

The Abigail Solomon-Godeau Essay Inside/Outside Solomon-Godeau in Inside/Outside ( i ) puts forward the argument that  that Susan Sontag and Martha Rosler ( ii ) are being simplistic when they categorise photographers into “good” insiders or “bad” outsiders, labelling outsiders as voyeurs and insiders … Continue reading

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