This story, complete with Frank talking beside a crackling fireplace, aired yesterday. [direct mp3 download] More Robert Frank on 2point8, including this review of “The Americans“.
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
A bio-piece in the NYT on Robert Frank by Philip Gefter, with interview snippets, called “Snapshots From the American Road”. Here’s the multimedia piece, with audio interview excerpts. More Robert Frank on 2point8.
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”
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
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
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”
I received a copyright-infringement takedown notice from a lawyer from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to pull these three Robert Frank videos. When I posted the videos a year ago, I made a point to credit the Museum so that interested parties could follow-up with them (and perhaps even purchase copies: only $29.95!). If … Continue reading Takedown!
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
Here are two a few from a new series in process; Handsfree. I’ll be in New York this week(end), writing for foto8, attending the New York Photo Festival, a Robert Frank event, seeing friends and family, and generally staying out of trouble. I’ll probably be using ye olde twitter account for updates, if you’re into … Continue reading New Work New York (Handsfree)
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)
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)
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
I first encountered Matt Weber’s street photos of New York City in an issue of Hamburger Eyes. He’s both online and off, with an excellent hardcover called “The Urban Prisoner“. His images are of a grittier, pre-Giuliani New York City, a city of trash strikes, high crime and spraypainted subways. A cabbie with a camera, … Continue reading Discussion: Matt Weber
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
Tired of reading? Here’s another cops vs. street photographers video, starring Lawrence Windrush. (Ooh, I’m behind the times – this has already been on Wired.) More info over on everybody’s favorite photo site, flickr. More videos on 2point8.
Gus Powell, a NYC-based photographer, put out a great book of street photography a few years ago (with J&L Books) called “In the Company of Strangers“. I’m grateful that Gus was able to spend some time answering a few questions about his work, and street photography in general, to add to Discussions here. 2point8 in … Continue reading Discussion: Gus Powell