"Talking French"
A conversation with Philippe Garner about the British fashion photographer
John French

The British fashion photographer John French (1907–1966) has over the years, it seems, been reduced to a mere footnote in the biographies of the two most famous photographers he trained as his…


Ecstatic Light:
Renate Heyne on Moholy-Nagy's Photograms

In 2009, Hatje Cantz published a catalogue raisonné of László Moholy-Nagy’s photograms - the first book to feature all of Moholy-Nagy's nearly 450 known photograms in chronological order. "I…


Wendy Red Star at Joslyn Art Museum:
Re-examining The Indian Congress 1898.
An Interview with Annika Johnson, Associate Curator of Native American Art

In the summer of 1898, over 500 citizens of 35 Native American nations gathered in present-day North Omaha to participate in the Indian Congress. Some had travelled over 800 miles to get there. The…


“La Maison démolie”
Photographs of Egypt by Maxime Du Camp 1849-1850

Each stone contained a word of my story; And I heard booming in my memory The tumultuous swarm of erased dreams. -- “La Maison démolie” Du Camp wrote “La Maison démolie”Les Chants modernes…


The in visibility of Hadji-Ishmael: Maxime Du Camp’s 1850 photographs of Egypt

Our very clear and precise French spirit demands above all to be shown things that are comprehensible at first glance…and quickly tires of vast scenes which seem like those rebuses where one doesn’t…


Bubble and Fly:
The Making of Two Iconic Fashion Stories

How the Paris 1963 Bubble story for Harper's Bazaar came to be a reality In early December 1962, Nancy White, the editor of Harper’s Bazaar, called to tell me that I had been chosen to photograph…


György Stalter's Manufacture and Tólápa:
Two Projects About Roma

György Stalter, born in 1956, was one of the prominent names in the Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde. In the mid-1970s, he began producing a series of striking, conceptual self-portraits. He was…


How David Attie invented Photoshop in the 1950s – and had his career launched by Truman Capote

Okay, my father didn’t invent Photoshop. But looking at his stunning photo-montages, from an era long before personal computers - and even longer before everyone with an iPhone became a poor man’s…


Warren Thompson:
Stereo Daguerreotypist

Up to now very little was known about American-born stereo daguerreotypist Warren Thompson and the information we had about him was very scant, so much so that nobody knew when and where he was born…


Steven Arnold

A quarter of a century has passed since the death of an artistic legend. We dive deep into his archive to unearth his sublime artworks and remember his story. Art has the capacity to balance…


Julia Margaret Cameron
A Priestess of the Sun

In December of 2017, my wife and I traveled to Sri Lanka for a holiday. Once there, we unexpectedly encountered obscure remnants of a world famous woman whose name was Julia Margaret Cameron. She…


Francesca Woodman: On Being an Angel

Passion. It seethes from her, oozing and then gushing. You could feel the steam coming from her head, like a broken garden hose out of control, pouring hot, super-hot, nuclear and readily explosive.…


Walker Evans
at Centre Pompidou, 2017

This text first appeared as an exhibition review in the Burlington Magazine, October 2017. A giant banner showing the handsome and haggard face of Alabama Tenant Farmer Floyd Burroughs, (1936)…


From Pigment to Light

This essay was first published by László Moholy-Nagy in 1936, and is reproduced here with permission from the Moholy-Nagy Foundation. The terminology of art "isms" is truly bewildering. Without…


How to Become the Greatest Living Photographer!

My father, Erwin, came to New York in July 1939 to advance his photographic career. He had just finished a one-year contract with Vogue (Paris) where he had produced that…


In My Room: Saul Leiter's intimate Portraits

When Saul Leiter passed away at age 89 in November 2013, he left behind two East Village apartments bursting with artifacts from his long, productive, art-filled life. There were lithographs and…


Babylon Halt - Agha's travel photographs

Mehemmed Fehmy Agha (1896 - 1978) was art director at Condé Nast from 1929 to 1943, art directing Vogue, Vanity Fair and House & Garden, as well as overseeing the international editions.Agha is…