Hiroshi Sugimoto – Portraits

The initial impact of Hiroshi Sugimoto's exhibition of a dozen black-and-white "portraits" at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery derives from sheer size (the photographs are uniformly about five by four feet) and from dramatic lighting--his figures are posed under strong  ...

Musee Jacquemart-Andre – Paris

Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Virgin Mary and Child with John the Baptist, Angels and The Holy Father 15the century photo credit: Jacquemart-Andre Collection When the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay are on strike or closed for a  ...

Germaine Krull: Photographer of Modernity

In her 1925 self portrait, photographer Germaine Krull (1897-1985) keeps her face mostly hidden and in soft focus, while her camera dominates the foreground and a cigarette, held between her fingers, provides remarkable balance. It's a complex image in  ...

Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog

Other suggested reading: Black Sun-The Eyes of Four: Roots and Innovation in Japanese Photography (1986), Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Muriyama, et. al. Photography and Beyond in Japan: Space, Time and Memory (1995), Robert Stearns, et. al.  ...

Picasso and the War Years: 1937-1945

Picasso was surely the greatest artist of the 20th century and, arguably, Guernica, his 1937 mural-sized painting, is the single greatest war painting of all time. Alas, Guernica, after years of giving us pleasure at New York's Museum of  ...

National Gallery of Ireland – Dublin

The National Gallery of Ireland was founded in 1854, neither particularly early nor late in the history of museums - the Louvre dates to 1793, the Prado to 1819, London's National Gallery to 1824, the Metropolitan - a latecomer  ...

Walker Evans

When this Walker Evans retrospective was at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the organizing institution for the exhibition), attendance records were broken. That's a testament both to the greatness of this photographer's work and to its accessibility. In  ...