Opinion: Photography

 
Instant object of desire

Instant object of desire

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A Polaroid photo’s aura of ephemeral uniqueness lies in its small white frame and supercharged surface.…

 
Whiteness made strange

Whiteness made strange

Critique / Photography

A brave, if flawed book of artists’ photographs addresses racism through the lens of white privilege.…

 
Scalpel sharp

Scalpel sharp

Critique / Photography, Visual culture

A UK retrospective examines the explosive photomontages of feminist artist Linder, from the shock of her…

 
Among the spirits

Among the spirits

Critique / Photography

Nadav Kander’s poetic and mysterious portraits of celebrities steal the limelight in his new book The…

 
Four-wheeled dreams

Four-wheeled dreams

Critique / Photography

A new V&A book of photographs of cars fails to acknowledge the bigger picture. Photo Critique by Rick…

 
Defiance and revelation

Defiance and revelation

Critique / Photography

A new book of Peter Kennard’s work adds context and background detail to his angry, radical…

 
Banquet of images

Banquet of images

Critique / Photography

For its 50th anniversary, the Arles festival stages a
generous array of contemporary and historical…

 
Nature in captivity

Nature in captivity

Critique / Photography

Luigi Ghirri’s rigorously composed pictures of 
plants outside people’s homes exercise a banal…

 
A confederacy of lunches

A confederacy of lunches

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A text-only book argues that ‘social’ photography is more about self-documentation than aesthetics. By…

 
Catalogue of things

Catalogue of things

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A close relative’s colour slides show a densely layered record of everyday life. Photo Critique by Rick…

 
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