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essays

Nan Goldin’s Profound Influence on Film and Television

With its vivid color, indelible characters, and documentation of a pre-gentrified New York City, Goldin’s photography is a readymade mood board.

reviews

In “Pleasant Street,” Thirty Years of a Family’s Life

Judith Black’s new photobook traces her home life in New England from 1968 to 2000—and builds upon an American documentary tradition.

featured

A Visual Record of Queer Experience in China

Lin Zhipeng, the photographer known as 223, looks for beauty, connection, and the impulse of friendship.

featured

What the Photo Critic Vince Aletti Found at Home during Quarantine

What does an insatiable collector do when all of New York’s bookstores and markets are closed?

essays

Months After Being Closed, Three Museums Reconsider Their Photography Exhibitions

In the wake of the pandemic and worldwide protests, exhibitions that address climate change, civil rights, and Black photographers take on new resonance.

featured

A Young Photographer’s Public Diary of Private Details

In scenes of striking intimacy, Abdul Kircher searches for the brutal and the tender.

essays

The Fashion Image after Nan Goldin

If fashion photography is defined by artifice, why does the industry crave rawness and reality?

featured

Clifford Prince King’s Intimate Photographs of Black Queer Men

Creating tender scenes with friends and lovers, the LA-based artist offers a stirring vision of everyday ritual.

talks & interviews

The Original Ballad

How did Nan Goldin’s slideshow with hundreds of images, presented at bars and nightclubs, become an iconic photobook?

talks & interviews

Why Photo Editors Need to Hire Black Photographers Every Day

And not only during a crisis.

from the archive

Black Is Beautiful

In the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite’s fashion photographs sent a riveting message about Black culture and freedom.

essays

George Floyd, Gordon Parks, and the Ominous Power of Photographs

From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, can images help fight injustice?