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Plattetopia: The Prefabrication of Utopia in East Berlin

With the fall of the Berlin Wall came the licence to take a wrecking ball to its nightmare of repression. But there began the unwritten violence of Die Wende, the peaceful revolution that hides the Oedipal violence of one order killing another.


Jeff Buckley's Voice Returns

Jeff Buckley's journals, photographs, and memorabilia of the late singer are compiled by his mother, Mary Guibert, and Rolling Stone's David Browne in Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice.


Face: A Visual Odyssey (By the Book)

By turns alarming and awe-inspiring, Jessica Helfand's Face: A Visual Odyssey offers an elaborately illustrated A to Z—from the didactic anthropometry of the late 19th century to the selfie-obsessed zeitgeist of the 21st. Enjoy this excerpt of Face, courtesy of MIT Press.

Jessica Helfand

Jimmy Marble's 'Dream Baby Dream' (By the Book)

Dream Baby Dream showcases the photography of Los Angeles-based award-winning photographer, director, and designer Jimmy Marble. This excerpt of his photography book is bright, warm, sunny, and sexy.

Jimmy Marble

Lincoln Center Out of Doors desi:NOW in Photos

The desi:NOW event showcased a variety of South Asian musicians, dancers and performers.


Highlights from the 2019 Global Citizen Festival

The 2019 Global Citizen Festival featured Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, and more for an event that drew thousands of attendees who won tickets through social activism.


By the Book: Soviet Metro Stations

Underground palaces in communist spaces provide not only transport but also refuge in the former USSR. Enjoy this excerpt of photographer Christopher Herwig and author Owen Hatherley's Soviet Metro Stations, from FUEL Publishing.

Christopher Herwig and Owen Hatherley

Jim Marshall: Photographs and Legends

From civil rights protests to the greatest rock festivals, the tender and fierce perspective of a classic American photographer is captured in Chronicle Books' Jim Marshall: Show Me the Picture.


'Frame of Mind' Depicts Women in Punk Music, Unfiltered

With Frame of Mind, Antonia Tricarico takes her rock 'n' roll photography of women down into the mosh pit.


Chris Stein Examines Punk, New York City History, More With 'Point of View'

Blondie co-founder Chris Stein looks back at a time long gone in the city where he lives. The pages of his new book find ordinary New Yorkers sharing the spotlight with Warhol, Bowie, Lester Bangs, Debbie Harry, and more.

Jedd Beaudoin

Urgent Art Through the Eyes of Young Men: 'See Know Evil'

Charlie Curran, the young director of the documentary See Know Evil, discusses the importance of telling the story of the equally young '90s fashion photographer phenomenon, Davide Sorrenti.


'Shape of Light' Shines in the Space Where Photographic Art Bleeds into Wider Art

There's a wealth of work on display in Shape of Light, from the Tate Modern's exhibit, perhaps one of the finest general collections of abstract photographs currently available in print form.


In 'The Times of Bill Cunningham', an Iconic Photographer Marches to the Beat of His Own Drum

The Times of Bill Cunningham is an affectionate portrayal of the beloved fashion and street photographer who maintained his independent voice amid decades of societal conventions.


Huddled Masses and New Media: 'How the Other Half Looks'

How America's ur-ghetto, New York's Lower East Side, changed the way we see ourselves.


There's Much More to Cecil Beaton's Photography Than Just Another Pretty Face

Filmmaker and writer Lisa Immordino Vreeland's Love, Cecil captures the stylized glamor Cecil Beaton's work and provides a deeper picture of this remarkable 20th century artist.


Truth or Fiction? 'Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous'

In these times of so-called "fake news", Bonanos' biography of Weegee begs the question: If the truth of human nature is best demonstrated in a prearranged circumstance, does that make it any less true?


How Laurie Simmons Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Movie Camera

The look and feel of My Art is sunny and green, with warm visuals that have a clear artist's eye for photography.


Two Graphic Biographies Showcase Photographers Robert Capa and Graciela Iturbide

Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography and Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide offer insights into the challenges of 20th century photography.


What Kind of Art Will Hold a Viewer's Attention? 'My Art'

From "contact highs" to Be Kind, Rewind, Laurie Simmons discusses the inspirations for and making of her debut narrative feature film, My Art.


The Human Devastation in Auschwitz-Birkenau's Vegetation

Georges Didi-Hubermann's Bark considers the implications of truth in images from living pieces of the Holocaust.


Looking for the Real in America through the Art of Robert Frank

American Witness anecdotally demonstrates Frank's far reaching influence. RJ Smith's skills as a storyteller make this an engaging journey.


So It's About Time I Asked, Who Is Susan Sontag?

Susan Sontag: Essays of the 1960s & 70s and reflections on being under the influence of Camille Paglia.


Instant Photography Before the Digital Era

The Polaroid cameras brought instant gratification to photography long before the digital era.


'Avedon / Warhol' Is an Astute Juxtaposition of the Two Brightest Stars in the Gagosian Galaxy

Gagosian has a clear-eyed, bird’s eye view on perhaps the most self-evident yet severely complicated relationship in modern art history.


On the Sameness and Difference of 'Warhol & Mapplethorpe'

This new museum book highlights the challenge of housing two giants under one roof, with mixed results.


When a Memoir Isn't: Sally Mann's 'Hold Still'

In chapter after chapter of Hold Still, Sally Mann unfolds the dark secrets of her father, her mother, her adulterous great-grandmother -- everyone, it seems, but Mann herself.


Peaches and Dreams: On Tour and Out and About With Peaches

Berlin-based photographer Holger Talinski captures the 'magic and the realities' of Peaches on tour in What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches.


September 11, 2001, Is Said to Be the Most Photographed Disaster in History

9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster examines the tremulous memory effects of the destruction of the World Trade Center.


The Magnificently Mutilated Ambersons

Though Citizen Kane has cemented his place in film history, The Magnificent Ambersons -- especially had its original ending been kept -- would prove Orson Welles one of Hollywood’s greatest masters of tragedy, if not the greatest.


There's More Than a Touch of Irony In 'Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters'

Gregory Crewdson's photographs are so packed with visual information that they reward minutes and even hours of scrutiny, and the fact that you must be an active participant in the process of creating meaning makes them that much more memorable.


Sentimentality, Captured Beautifully: 'Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s'

We’re meant to understand something more about our ability to respond to the images around us. We’re shaped emotionally by images, and new, unconventional readings of history can be enriched by mining through them.


Of Sunlight and Shadows: 'The Civil War and American Art'

This companion book to the sprawling art of the Civil War exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum is a remarkable blend of academic incisiveness and absorbing melodrama. It's also the best art book of 2012.


Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 10 September 2011 - Columbia, MD

Vibrant colors and the love of free music on display at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest.

Jesse Justice

'Otherwise Known as the Human Condition' Is Equally Enthralling and Befuddling

In a collection of nearly 30 years' worth of work, Geoff Dyer proves himself to be a fascinatingly eclectic writer, but only partially succeeds at tying everything together.


Photo Opportunities in Video Games

Paradoxically, the same dissociating effect of observing the real world through a camera's lens tends to envelop and immerse players in a game world.


Helmut Newton: Frames From the Edge

Helmut Newton and his models are undressed for us in this reissue of the superb 1988 documentary.


Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida by Geoffrey B

The areas from which Camera Lucida is approached are pleasingly varied, ranging from psychoanalysis to Buddhism, and figures such as Freud, Benjamin and Proust are brought into play.

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