Critique

 

Critique is the regular Eye column by Rick Poynor.

 
Twisting the alien

Twisting the alien

Rick Poynor

Set to minimalist techno, Arthur Jafa’s APEX is a cycle of images that illuminate the condition of black…

 
Scenes from an imperfect world

Scenes from an imperfect world

Rick Poynor

Even Don McCullin expressed doubts about his photographs of war and suffering. What is their message…

 
Emotion pictures

Emotion pictures

Rick Poynor

Alex Prager’s ravishing tableaux mix glamour and unease. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor

 
Mining the ruins

Mining the ruins

Rick Poynor

When petrol replaced coal, the island of Hashima lost its purpose and slowly decayed. Rick Poynor…

 
Enigmas of abstraction

Enigmas of abstraction

Rick Poynor

Photography records with startling accuracy. Why use it to create non-representational images? Photo…

 
Different kinds of marginal

Different kinds of marginal

Rick Poynor

Diane Arbus’s unsparing images retain their power to discomfit. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor

 
Colour field

Colour field

Rick Poynor

By choosing colour over black-and-white, Joel Meyerowitz pioneered a new type of American street…

 
Fabricated reality

Fabricated reality

Rick Poynor

Andreas Gursky’s photographs, manipulated like digital paintings, have spectacular impact. But they can…

 
Witness of the moment

Witness of the moment

Rick Poynor

A book of informal interviews with Henri Cartier-Bresson is testament to a great photographer’s…

 
Relentless riches

Relentless riches

Rick Poynor

A busy blockbuster traces the stunning history of Japanese photobooks. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor

 
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