In “The Tyranny of Convenience,” New York Times contributor Tim Wu wrote recently, “Perhaps our humanity is sometimes expressed in inconvenient actions and time-consuming pursuits. Perhaps this is why, with every advance of convenience, there have always been those who resist it.” Italian photographer Francesco Pergolesi has focused on those who resist the ease of convenience in favor of a commitment to traditional work. He photographed artisans and small shop owners – watchmakers, cobblers, picture-framers – for his series Heroes, and a recent body of work, Tableaux, homes in on the busy work surfaces in those shops. (A detail of Enigma, 2017, from that series, is on our cover.) On view at Catherine Edelman Gallery from May 4 to July 7, his photographs include calculations scrawled on paper, scraps of leather on a work table, a surface strewn with tools, watch faces, or splatters of paint – odes to a dedication to craft, tradition, and work done by hand.
Best of 2016
BY Vince Aletti, December 16, 2016
Formed in 1963 by 11 photographers who recognized the necessity of “a forum to address the underrepresentation of African Americans in their field,” the Kamoinge Workshop gave its members a sense of solidarity and support in a period when black Americans were the frequent subject of mainstream media coverage but rarely its author.
May – June 2008 About The Cover
BY Lyle Rexer, May 1, 2008
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Sarah Anne Johnson: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Julie Saul Gallery
BY Diana McClure, June 18, 2018
In her latest body of work, on view at Julie Saul ...
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BY Jean Dykstra, May 26, 2020
Wagner’s photographs (those on view here are all pre-pandemic pictures) capture small moments of connection – children in animated conversation; a group of kids playing in the spray of a sprinkler; a woman holding the hand of a little girl, who turns around to flash an inquisitive smile at the photographer.
A Sprawling Personal Project from Jim Goldberg and Two Retrospectives
BY Vince Aletti, September 2, 2023
Goldberg’s Coming and Going is an autobiography in images and ephemera, and two recent books survey the work of Lee Miller and Daido Moriyama.
May – June 2019 About the Cover
By Jean Dykstra April 30, 2019
Nico Krijno, Composition with painted cutouts (det...
May – June 2012 About The Cover
BY Lyle Rexer, May 1, 2012
Richard Avedon once wrote of Lillian Bassman (1917...
May – June 2010 About The Cover
BY Lyle Rexer, May 1, 2010
When photography’s inventors were looking for a na...
May – June 2006 About The Cover
BY Lyle Rexer, May 1, 2006
Photographers are border crossers, immigrants to r...
May – June 2005 About The Cover
BY Lyle Rexer, May 1, 2005
When Carleton Watkins made his photographs of grav...
May – June 2017 About the Cover
By Jean Dykstra May 4, 2017
The Montreal-based multi-media artist Charles Gagn...