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VIDEO: Ballet: First Edition (1945) by Alexey Brodovitch

This is one of my favorite photobooks. It has it all – moving images, superb design and a great story. It stands as a one-of-a kind testament to the innovation of the photographer, Alexey Brodovitch, who created Ballet having already established a name as a respected and quite brilliant art director. An inspiration to both his peers…

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VIDEO: A Night in London: First Edition (1938) by Bill Brandt

Viewing the images in Bill Brandt’s A Night in London reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. As I turn the pages, I am transported to foggy nights in the capital city, and walks along the river by streetlight. Scenes so often portrayed in the black-and-white detective films made during the same era and starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes. The highly…

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VIDEO: Suburbia: First Edition (1973) by Bill Owens

I have had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Owens about his work, he is an inspiring image maker who even today embraces new technology and practices that enable him to continue on his mission to photograph society and it’s excesses.  Considered to be pioneering work by many photographers Suburbia is a groundbreaking, elegiac and revealing monograph of…

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Interview with the Federation for the Exhibition of Photography

Over the past decade, the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography has produced shows that have appeared in more than 35 countries around the world. In this interview Todd Brandow, FEP’s Executive Director, discusses the group’s drive to present images in communities that might not ordinarily have access to compelling images. Sean: You started this project…

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Michael Dvorak Interview

I admire the isolation in these images from Michael Dvorak. Working on the fringes of events held primarily in his native Minnesota, he has recorded moments of characters far away in their own worlds. It is an endearing look at family – be it his own or the communities of the sub-cultures he finds.  In…