In an effort to sell an advertising campaign to Kodak in Season 1, Episode 13 of Mad Men, Don Draper pitches an idea to the company’s executives for their newest product, the slide carousel. Draper says the key is selling a sense of nostalgia while also promoting it as the newest technology. He calls nostalgia […]
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“Creative restelessness – it’s a good thing” – Paul Messier I met Richard Benson the summer of 1994. I was just out of college and knew I wanted to be a photographer. I’d recently purchased a Calumet 4×5, picked up a sink in a junkyard, and set up my first studio for just a couple […]
“I’ve got a blue motel room / with a blue bedspread / I’ve got the blues inside and outside my head.” Joni Mitchell The color we identify as Prussian blue was first introduced to artists in 1724 when a Swiss color manufacturer named Johann Jacob Diesbach was in Berlin experimenting with iron salts, and stumbled […]
Every kid in school a political prisonerEvery lawyer in a cubicle a political prisonerEvery doctor brainwashed by AMA a political prisonerEvery housewife a political prisonerEvery teacher lying thru sad teeth a political prisoner Diane di Prima, “Revolutionary Letter #49” This book, being about work, is by its very nature, about violence – to the spirit […]
In the presence of an instructional picture, I am called to mirror back: I attempt to work the air bubbles out of old clay and conduct self-breast examinations. It is all there, laid out for on the page across dozens of photographs and staged by a body double. This is part of their charge. These […]
My parents divorced in 1976, during my first weeks of kindergarten. My memories of that time are fuzzy, but I do remember a t-shirt my mom wore as an expression of her new identity after her life with my dad. It was a yellow cotton shirt with a red stencil of an apple with one […]
“I buy six caterpillars so your grandchildren can watch them turn into butterflies. The company guarantees at least three of them will make it to their final stage of life. They all die. I write and complain. The email in which they offer to send me new caterpillars opens with the line, ‘Living things can […]
In 2013, Alec Soth’s imprint, Little Brown Mushroom, released Iris Garden, a beautifully designed book featuring photographs by William Gedney accompanied by some writing by John Cage. The book was shortlisted for the Aperture Foundation’s Photobook of the Year Award and helped reintroduce Gedney’s work to a growing audience of photographers and book lovers. Just […]
“Revolutions are about people. It is people – thinking, believing, reading, listening, chanting, raising their fists, walking the streets, placing their bodies in the line of fire – that make a revolution.” 一 Naghmeh Sohrabi In my experience, there is very little understanding in the West about the rise of the theocratic state in Iran. […]