Opinion: Visual culture

 
Instant object of desire

Instant object of desire

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A Polaroid photo’s aura of ephemeral uniqueness lies in its small white frame and supercharged surface.…

 
Scalpel sharp

Scalpel sharp

Critique / Photography, Visual culture

A UK retrospective examines the explosive photomontages of feminist artist Linder, from the shock of her…

 
A confederacy of lunches

A confederacy of lunches

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A text-only book argues that ‘social’ photography is more about self-documentation than aesthetics. By…

 
Catalogue of things

Catalogue of things

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A close relative’s colour slides show a densely layered record of everyday life. Photo Critique by Rick…

 
Streets without people

Streets without people

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

Emigre’s Rudy VanderLans explores the clotted terrain of Tokyo’s Shibuya and Shinjuku districts with the…

 
Twisting the alien

Twisting the alien

Reviews, Visual culture, Critique / Photography

Set to minimalist techno, Arthur Jafa’s APEX is a cycle of images that illuminate the condition of black…

 
Scenes from an imperfect world

Scenes from an imperfect world

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

Even Don McCullin expressed doubts about his photographs of war and suffering. What is their message…

 
Colour field

Colour field

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

By choosing colour over black-and-white, Joel Meyerowitz pioneered a new type of American street…

 
Graphic language of the wall

Graphic language of the wall

Visual culture, Critique / Photography

Brassaï’s photographs of graffiti with handwritten typographic treatments made striking, almost punkish…

 
Elton John’s new vision

Elton John’s new vision

Visual culture, Web Critique

‘The Radical Eye’, the superstar’s opulently framed collection of modernist photography, is a…

 
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