Robert Frank on Monday on XM Public Radio

I had the pleasure of seeing the Robert Frank exhibit at the National Gallery on the next-to-the-last day of the Bush Administration. Walked through with new friend Susana Raab, whose work I’ve enjoyed over the years. The highlight for me were Frank’s contact sheets. All the different views of the car accident in Winslow, Arizona. … Continue reading Robert Frank on Monday on XM Public Radio

Robert Frank Video Portrait + “Paris”

Here’s a documentary about Robert Frank from 1986, in three parts. Enjoy! (Especially if you’ve never seen Elliot Erwitt relaxing in a pair of lederhosen.) Part I: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pimx0_oOM0s] Part II: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u89KFNixHkU] Part III: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRcJvLkd9Ng] In other news, Steidl has another beautiful new book of Frank’s called “Paris“, featuring street work made there in 1951. The … Continue reading Robert Frank Video Portrait + “Paris”

More on Robert Frank’s “The Americans”, in Abu Dhabi

A new, edited version of my essay on Robert Frank appears in print in Abu Dhabi today, the 50th anniversary of the publication of “The Americans”. The paper is called The National and the essay, “American Beauty” is in the Review section. For reference, Abu Dhabi is the capital (of arts and culture, too) of … Continue reading More on Robert Frank’s “The Americans”, in Abu Dhabi

Robert Frank’s Letter to Walker Evans and Two Unrelated Timely Tidbits

I’ve spent some time rewriting “Two Thousand Odd Words on Robert Frank’s The Americans” for print. I’ve always thought the best writers are the best rewriters, which means: I’m happy to be working with an editor. I’ll post again when it’s published. In a small way like “The Americans”, my review won’t be published in … Continue reading Robert Frank’s Letter to Walker Evans and Two Unrelated Timely Tidbits

Two Thousand Odd Words on Robert Frank’s “The Americans”

Thanks to Steidl & Distributed Art Publishers for facilitating this review of the 50th Anniversary of Robert Frank’s “The Americans”, a new and definitive edition to be released May 15th, 2008. If Robert Frank’s “The Americans” had a marketing launch in a parallel universe as a cinematic summer blockbuster, the trailer would begin in flat … Continue reading Two Thousand Odd Words on Robert Frank’s “The Americans”

NYPH08 Wrap-up on Foto8 and Bruce Gilden Video

I’m back home and foto8 has published my wrap-up of the weekend. I prefer Olivier’s. On Friday, Jörg, Robert, Andrew and I were talking over pints about criticism. My feeling is that the best thing about these ‘blogs about photography’ is their ability to promote, of course, but it’s also their greatest weakness. All that … Continue reading NYPH08 Wrap-up on Foto8 and Bruce Gilden Video

Joel Meyerowitz Interview (Part 1)

This interview is being presented in two places. An abridged version with an audio excerpt can be found on the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Blog. I’m presenting a complete, unabridged version here, as the conversation was wide-ranging, lengthy, and covered topics of interest to the 2point8 readership. Many thanks again to Joel Meyerowitz for his graciousness … Continue reading Joel Meyerowitz Interview (Part 1)

Ways of Working #10 (Share)

or “A Lesson In Putting It Out There” I’ve received a bunch of mail over the last year asking when the final installment of “Ways of Working” might appear, and I procrastinated because it seemed like the title, “Share”, said enough. Share your work with others; you might be surprised what happens when it’s out … Continue reading Ways of Working #10 (Share)

Black and White; So Wrong It’s Right

I don’t know if it’s the font or straight-up info fatigue, but I couldn’t make it through Charlotte Cotton’s “New Color” piece, though parts of it piqued me and I was glad to see Tacita Dean getting props. (Best Show Ever: Tate Britain, 2001. Who stole my copy of FLOH, anyhow?) Because “blogger” rhymes with … Continue reading Black and White; So Wrong It’s Right

Two Recommendations

Two tidbits/recommendations related to street photography. In the new Elvis Mitchell interview with Phillip Seymour Hoffman about his film “Capote”, Hoffman recounts how the film’s director, Bennet Miller, wanted to capture the “small, quiet moments” when Capote wasn’t talking, or trying to make himself the center of the universe. Hoffman on Bennett’s direction: “He wanted … Continue reading Two Recommendations