The following have appeared on the sidebar in the “Hear This” section in February 2016. These are small notes to bring a photographer, a collection, a thinker to your attention. The rest is up to you. Clearly, I share these because I consider them important, noteworthy, exemplary, but you may disagree. All I hope with these snippets to achieve is to make the reader think about them. That’s all.
Publisher of LensWork magazine, Brooks Jensen has been podcasting for a long time and continues his audio podcasts on the LensWork Daily. His last one, titled Active Viewing, is a very good one (his #946) to go along with my recent post and many of my comments on looking at photographs. You will enjoy listening to his podcast.
Listen to Active Viewing
Meet Paul Strand
Paul Strand was one of the defining masters of early American modernist photography. Strand was introduced to photography by the renowned social documentarian Lewis Hine, who instilled in him an understanding of the photograph as a powerful tool that should be used for the betterment of humanity. See Paul Strand Page on Artsy. His work is truly inspirational.
Julius Shulman was part of a postwar generation of commercial architecture photographers who specialized in Modernist buildings, working on assignment for architects and mass-market magazines like Life, House & Garden and Good Housekeeping as well as architecture publications. (Source: Stahl House) You can see quite a few photographs by Shulman at Craig Krull Gallery. Architecture photography at its best!
Minor White is one of the masters of photographic modernism. Throughout his career, White sought to photograph things not only for what they are but also for what they may suggest, and his pictures teem with symbolic and metaphorical allusions. … White’s work was highly influential to a generation of photographers and still resonates today. (Source: The J.P. Getty Museum) I have the book with the same title of the exhibit below and highly recommend it. See more of White’s work at the Getty, one of the cerebral artists of the photographic world.