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Rita Ann Cihlar Hermann: Great Plain Shadow

Rita Ann Cihlar Hermann: Great Plain Shadow

Exposure happens once. You aren’t exposed, then you are. In the most fundamental sense, it’s a bridge that collapses behind you. Given that we begin in a womb, and that a womb is darkness, then birth, the coming of light, is trauma. These photographs were taken in the mid 1980s in Lincoln, Nebraska. Rita Ann...
Paola Ferrario: The Day Before the Parade

Paola Ferrario: The Day Before the Parade

What is the difference between a parade and traffic? What causes the two forms of procession to disregard their obvious similarities and retreat to opposite camps. Traffic is blocked so that a parade might run its course. In negative: everyday traffic blocks the potential for a parade. Similarity: people in the street. Difference: a parade...
Will Rockel: Bourgeois Angst

Will Rockel: Bourgeois Angst

Will Rockel’s work asks if postproduction can escape the Marxist vortex. Commodities are passé. Can one fetishize a joke, a glance, an aesthetic trope-roll it over the tongue until melted and pliant, but still very much a Heideggerian Thing? We rephotograph, can we refetishize? Can I fetishize a fetish? These photographs borrow the language of...
Natalia Molina: Becoming

Natalia Molina: Becoming

Natalia Molina’s new photographs attempt to transcend contemporary life vis-à-vis our image culture. All of these photographs feature characters on a threshold-running towards the light, towards the shadows, submerged in water, or drifting out of sleep. Transcendence, it seems, is equated with freeing the self from its surroundings. If this is the case, it is...
Artist Unknown - The Free World

Artist Unknown – The Free World

Oliver Wasow and John D. Monteith, the artists and curators behind the Artist Unknown – The Free World project, have been so kind as to share a collection of images. Read my related essay here. Buy their book here. Justify a trip up to Hollywood here.      
Candid Camera

Candid Camera

I found this photograph stuffed into a fuel pump outside of Daytona Beach in August 2011.-Hunter Somewhere along the line, photographs of others moved from empathetic to pathetic. [Name] Publication’s fascinating new archive of found images, Artist Unknown – The Free World, illustrates the shift from analog to digital photography, and with that, a sneaking...
Sewon Chung: Floating Island

Sewon Chung: Floating Island

  In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. - Albert Camus, Return to Tipasa (1952)   I didn’t know much about the emotional impact of building a home in a city undergoing rapid urbanization. I simply thought I wanted to live in a seaside metropolis with an infamous...
Robert van der Hilst: Intérieurs Cubains

Robert van der Hilst: Intérieurs Cubains

Stepping inside is often a taxonomical gesture. Robert van der Hilst photographed the streets for years before moving into the inner confines of his subjects. This body of work, taken between 1986 and 2001, reveals the personal tableaux hidden in Havana, Calle Ocho, or beyond the decorative arches of Coral Gables. Much more than simple...
Andy Coolquitt: Crack Sites

Andy Coolquitt: Crack Sites

I don’t know if the canal is still there, but ten years ago it rushed through the town of South Weber, Utah. I have a long scar on my leg from getting caught in the barbed wire that separated the water from the neighborhood. There were mattresses and charred tree branches. Graffiti, traffic cones, nails...