Issue No. 23
The Big Picture
August Sander, whose portrait studies of German people is considered a pioneering work of modern photography, is the subject of a spectacular traveling exhibition—starting its journey in San Francisco—and a seven-volume set of books. Susan Ehrens gives a preview.
The Looking Glass
As a sidebar to the movie Frida, Linda Weber visits with the granddaughter of an artist who captured Frida and Diego on film in New York and Detroit.
Nancy Racina Landin
Seen in B&W Magazine for the first time by a large audience, her work builds on the spectral and lyrical traditions of Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Francesca Woodman, expressing the purely internal in haunting images that make the inner experience of solitude indelibly visible.
His new book, Tone Poems (which comes with a compact disc), explores the dual passions of this accomplished veteran of black and white photography.
At age 94, this prolific and humble 1983 recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, is now the focus of renewed interest—a major exhibition of his work can be seen at the Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica, California. These images of “ordinary people” form the legacy of a man with a sharp eye and a big heart.
Working from old family album photographs, he applies his special diffusion technique to conjure up images of the past that are universal to us all.
Inspired by the Paris of Brassaï, he explores his own Grand Rapids, capturing the mystery of the lights and shadows of the night.
If he is able to understand and explain a photograph he has just made, he feels he has failed.
In his home country, Sweden, he is referred to as “its most famous amateur” photographer—and his signature subject is the egg.
In the early 1960s, he spent three years in Greece, seeking out places where “the only sound was the distant tinkling of sheep bells,” capturing the unforgettable images of his timeless classic, A Greek Portfolio.
Part emotional exorcism, part anguished soul-bearing ritual, her powerful series of self-portraits is an exploration of a subconscious through which body and spirit are combined into a transformative state of being.
Forty years ago, he captured the absolute essence of his countrymen, the images now collected in his book, The Italians.