God Damn You Shorpy…

Monday, March 31st, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

Evelyn Nesbit, by Gertrude Kasebier

…all forcing me to post about you all the time. Shorpy‘s on a Gertrude Kasebier kick, who I just love. And, all the portraits seem to be of people who either have a whiff of scandal or they die of tuberculosis (I <3 consumption so hardcore). Like Evelyn Nesbit here, whose husband killed her former lover.

Update: Oh, and read the comments, too! Like this one:

This is one of the tamer photographs that [her lover] Stanford White had taken of Evelyn, who was one of the models for Charles Dana Gibson’s “Gibson Girl” drawings. After White dumped her for more “virginal” girls she was the mistress of John Barrymore. After White’s murder by her husband Harry K. Thaw, she was promised a million dollars by Thaw’s mother as a divorce settlement. Evelyn got the divorce but not the money. After an indifferent career as a vaudeville performer, silent film performer and club manager, she overcame alcoholism and an addiction to morphine as well as a number of suicide attempts. She eventually settled down and taught classes in ceramics. She died in California in 1967 at age 82.

Travel And Photography

Monday, March 31st, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

Underwood & Underwood

“But do you notice how, three hundred miles beyond the end of the telegraph cables and mailboat lines, the haggard utilitarian lies of our civilization wither and die, to be replaced by pure exercises of imagination, that have the futility, often the charm, and sometimes the deep hidden truthfulness of works of art?” – Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim.

“The young fellow from Yonkers, perhaps partly on account of his age but I believe also for much deeper and more serious reasons, is obviously unaware that the life of his own tribesmen in Yonkers, New York, is full of odd customs and superstitions and, like everybody else in his culture, imagines that he needs a trip to Africa to encounter those things.” – Chinua Achebe, ‘An Image Of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness.’

Long Exposures

Monday, March 31st, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

Mathew Pillsbury

I fucking love long exposures, so it was with great joy that I came across the following two posts:

i heart photograph posts on the work of Lisa Byrne
Shoot! posts on the work of Mathew Pillsbury

Which also reminded me of one of Roni Horn‘s books, that I can’t find the images or name of, that were all shot in a sauna or something but had no subject but a blurry figure that was in an occasional image. Any ideas?

RIP Dith Pran

Monday, March 31st, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

Dith Pran after being reunited with his family, 1989. Photo by Steve McCurry

Dith Pran, the Cambodian photog and fixer immortalized in the film ‘The Killing Fields,’ died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. The NY Times has a video and obit for him.


Monday, March 31st, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey

I usually find the off-topic posts in photoblogs to be rather grating. But, ah, Personism, how you charm me with your free association

And to continue the chain, the rice paddy stuff reminds me of British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, who, upon being reminded that grass is photosensitive, make stencil photograms using the stuff.

Hei Ming

Monday, March 31st, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

Hei Ming

Asian Photography Blog points me towards the work of Hei Ming.

Yeah, yeah, I know, Avedon. But I still can’t help but be totally drawn in to the pictures.

Money? Art? Blogs?

Thursday, March 27th, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

Piero Manzoni’s ‘Can Of Artist’s Shit.’ I personally witnessed one of these go for $85,000 at Christie’s last year.

This got published about a week ago in the Guardian. It’s an article that asks, “Is art criticism dead?” I was going to write a long post about it, but I got sidetracked by work, so I’m just going to link it. How’s that for criticism.

Clichés Of Documentary Photography

Thursday, March 27th, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

Well, he was bound to get to them. Colin Pantall has begun assembling a list of clich√©s of documentary photography, to complement his earlier clich√©s of art photography. I don’t know whether I should be happy or unhappy about this. Probably both.

Our Competitors

Thursday, March 27th, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

A spread from ‘Making A Map,’ by Wakaba Noda, published by Farewell Books

Farewell Books has just released their newest book: ‘Making A Map‘ by Wakaba Noda. It looks gorgeous. Grrr.