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Features From Previous Issues

Eugène Atget: Capturing the Essence of Paris

Pigeonholed as a mere urban preservationist or a naïve proto-Surrealist, Eugène Atget imbued his photographic “documents” with a distinct style and a melancholy vision. By Dan Hofstadter This article originally appeared in the Summer issue of Art & Antiques Magazine … Continue reading

A Leica Like That

Digital photography has all but killed off film, and even professional photographers are running around snapping pictures with their iPhones, but there’s still a place in this world for a classic mechanical film camera—especially if it’s a Leica. Continue reading

Requiem for Kodachrome

By John Dorfman After 75 years, the pioneering color film is no more. Now perhaps the art world can recognize its unique worth as a medium. I just got my last rolls of Kodachrome back from the lab. They had … Continue reading

Exhibitions: Hues of History

The Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) belongs to that elite company of artists who, dissatisfied with the limitations of the media available to them, invented their own. Around the turn of the century Prokudin-Gorskii, who had a degree in chemistry, was experimenting with ways to bring color to the monochrome world of photography. Continue reading

Essay: Poetry of the Moment

When Robert Frank’s landmark photography book, The Americans, was first published in the United States in 1959, it was not warmly received, to put it mildly. His photographs—off-kilter, sometimes out of focus or unflattering but always remarkable—were seen by some in that nationalistic, Cold War-era as an all-out condemnation of the country. Continue reading

Film: Light and the City

A glass box of a room juts into the Los Angeles night; within it, two young women converse, unconcerned with the glittering grid of city lights beneath them. This striking image became famous not only because of its composition but because of its enduring resonance as an emblem of California modernism. Continue reading