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Icons: An Interview with the Real “American Girl”

October 4, 2011


Photographer Ruth Orkin’s “American Girl in Italy” is probably one of the most widely known and loved images from the 20th century. Orkin, who died in 1985, took the picture a little more than 50 years ago, on August 21, 1951, in the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, a day after meeting a 23-year-old American […]

Photos of the Week: What We Saw

September 16, 2011


There was no doubt that the week’s news in the U.S. would be dominated by the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Visually, the anniversary was marked by remembrance, self-assessment, and surprising notes of beauty as the country moved past the […]

News: The Big Picture Info Filter

September 1, 2011


1. Malibu Denim Company Rips Off Image, Owes Photographer $100K (ArtInfo) Last week we were set to report how photographer Michael Dweck’s photo of a naked surfer girl in Art+Auction magazine was banned from Texas prisons by the state’s Department of Criminal Justice, but Hurricane Irene shut down our news desk. (Go here to for […]

Behind the Picture: A William Wegman Interview

August 21, 2011


There are people who own dogs and love dogs. And then there are dog people—the ones who go a little overboard. These are the people who, as the artist William Wegman told me recently, “are so doggy, everything they do is sort of a dog thing.”       Wegman, who is and will forever be best […]

News: The Big Picture Info Filter (Week on 8/19)

August 19, 2011


Bachmann Security Team Roughs Up Photographer (The Atlantic) Michele Bachmann’s security team has already had notable altercations (shoving, mostly, it seems) with CNN’s Don Lemon and ABC News reporter Brian Ross. Today, however, Politico quantified the trend, portraying the Tea Party darling’s bouncers as prone to unnecessary roughness: In the past two months, “Bachmann’s campaign […]

Art: The Difference Between Boys and Girls

August 4, 2011


It is generally assumed that people have hidden selves, identities that are different from those we present to the world. Another common belief is that the artful portraitist will trick the truth out of a subject, discovering and uncovering that which was kept private. That truth—what appears to us as truth—very often has the appearance […]

Behind the Camera: Alec Soth’s “Broken Manual”

July 13, 2011


When I spoke with photographer Alec Soth in May,  I forgot to ask him if he’d ever read Robinson Crusoe. At the very least I wanted to suggest that he take a look at Jonathan Franzen’s recent New Yorker magazine essay about the novel, which Franzen calls “the great early document of radical individualism.” I […]