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Canadian photographer & arts writer. Author of the Human Fragment and Michael Sweet’s Coney Island.
© Rebecca Norris Webb from Night Calls

Night Calls, Rebecca Norris Webb’s third full-length monograph, is a bit more complex than a simple collection of photography. The book is photography, family history, and Webb’s own personal story all wrapped up into one. In essence, it is her journey back to her home, Rush County, Indiana, to reunite with both the people and the place. There is also a special emphasis placed on connecting with her father, a ninety-nine-year-old country doctor. It seems most people, eventually, reach a time in their lives when they long for home — to reconnect with their roots. …

There can be little doubt that Nathan Lyons was a tour de force in the world of twentieth-century photography. He was a curator at the George Eastman House! He was also a driving force in launching important careers like those of Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand. No brief footnote indeed. There is also little doubt that promoting others in this way was at least partially responsible for eclipsing his own career — unfortunately not a novel phenomenon.

© Linda Simpson from The Drag Explosion

As famed drag queen Lady Bunny says in her foreword, “It was an era that took place entirely after dark.” These days our drag queens are very much out in the light of day. They star in prime-time television shows, where they find their way into even the most modest of American homes. Without minimizing the still very real struggle many individuals encounter in expressing non-traditional gender roles, we might also say that the drag queen is no longer the sexualized boogeyman. Like so many other things, that era has passed. …

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New Yorkers, is the first monograph from Sally Davies, despite her multi-decade career in the arts. A painter for many years, it was not until somewhat more recently that Davies took to the camera in a serious way. Thankfully, she did, as her photography is brilliantly unique. For much of her photography career, Davies has focused on nighttime street photography, for lack of a better description. Her haunt is New York’s East Village and her photos feature the storied neighborhood’s seedy nightlife in full blazing color. The work is stunning. However, this is not the work one will find between…

© Sally Davies

I’ve long admired Sally Davies — both for her art and her personality. As a result, we’ve become friends. This past year, when she told me she’d be heading out to LA to “experiment” with her photography, I was intrigued. I’ve always been intrigued by how a place influences an artist and their work. So, this seemed like a great opportunity to explore the idea further. LA is certainly not New York City, so how would Sally Davies make her iconic and instantly recognizable photographs in this new and largely unfamiliar (for her) part of the country? That brings us…

In November (2015), Freestyle Photographic Services, the US distributor for the Holga toy camera, announced that the Holga factory had ceased production of the iconic medium format legend — permanently.

© Liz Potter

Just another casualty of the age of all things digital. Yet something felt different this time, at least to me. I’ve lived through a great deal of camera discontinuation announcements over the past decade, but none were as eerie to me as this one. I think that is because for the past few years one of the major analog film cameras still being mass-produced was the Holga. Its death is…

Sally Davies continues to inspire and amaze with her own unique take on street photography. Her photographs transport and transform — taking us, the viewer, to every nook and cranny, corner and crevice of Manhattan’s East Village. In fact, much of Davies’ photography might be more accurately described as documentary, rather than street photography.

© Sally Davies

Sally Davies is not only a good photographer, she is also a woman and making it in a genre that is often criticized fiercely for its hostility toward women photographers. I sat down with Sally to dig into this very subject — women in street photography.

© Michael Ernest Sweet

In the age of gear craze, I must be simply just crazy to balk at everything and shoot with a disposable, right? Well, maybe. Despite the seemingly nonsensical philosophy, I did do just that — moved away from all gear, except for a crate full of Fujifilm QuickSnaps. While this adventure has been trying at times, I truly do believe that these little $5 cameras brought me back from the edge of artistic crisis.

I am not the inventor of this idea, to be clear, although, I may be one of the first to embark on a long-term and serious…

This is an exciting post for me. Why? Because I’ve had a copy of Mark Cohen’s FRAME on my desk for nearly two months, but had my hands tied by the publisher not to write about it. Well, I’m happy to report that is now over and I can let loose on this wonderful retrospective collection from a true master of street photography — Mark Cohen.

Mark Cohen not only helped to define modern street photography, but he was also one of a group of photographers who ushered in color photography and the acceptance of it as an art, not…

Susan Sontag’s 1973 book, On Photography, is a true classic and should be read by all photographers. Not only is the book a great intellectual stimulant, but it is also a trove of practical information for photographers too. is a study of the subject endowed with wit and wisdom, intellect and intent — it is a brilliant and profound look at the very essence of photography. Every page of the book raises important questions that often challenge accepted knowledge and practice. On Photography is disruptive in the best way.

It is pointless to try and recapture Sontag’s words here. The…

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