Thanksgiving and (gear) renewal

[IMPORTANT NOTE: If you hate gear talk, skip this entry, and go forward or back in time to less equipment-inflected entries. There’s no point in getting pissed off at those of us who like shop talk — just walk on by.] I am thankful at this very  moment for the sunny silence of my apartment, […]

Google black lesbian photographer South Africa, and you get…

…Zanele Muholi, whose photographic portraits from her recent project “Faces and Phases,” have been traveling the world for the past few years. Here is a poster from her Amsterdam book exhibit: That is not a photograph of Muholi, but one of over a hundred portraits she took between 2006 and last year, of black lesbians […]

British captain with tricky name buys camera, helps invent photography

Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) had a long and productive life, which he ultimately left discouraged in one major dimension. He was one of the fellows who joined the British Army because he took a notion to make a living, leaving his reformer mother, his surgeon father, and eleven sibs behind in England. Actually, it wasn’t the […]

Broom, Pankhurst, and His Royal Highness

 Christina Broom’s story is a bit different from Shirley Baker’s, the British photographer I wrote about recently. Born several generations earlier, Broom (1862-1939) became a photographer from financial necessity when her ironmonger husband sustained a cricket injury that put him out of work. Of course, it is anybody’s guess what makes a gal choose a […]

Shirley Baker at The Photographers’ Gallery

What a joy to be introduced to the work of this documentary photographer, unable apparently to thrive in  the journalism career she’d longed for because of her SEX, yet producing some of the loveliest, most direct, and most communicative street photography on the planet. Like  European and American women photographers in her cohort (think Gertrude […]

“in our time”: Photographers in the World

Though I am passionate about photography, it does not often move me to tears. I’ve just seen an exhibit that forced me to choke up in front of a couple of its artists. And it could hardly have been more difficult to find. The University of Westminster, by Regent’s Park in London, has mounted a […]

It’s still rock and roll to me….

  The Photographers’ Gallery in London, at 16 Ramillies Street, just a side alley off Oxford Street, is a destination vacation for photo fans and historians. Three active floors of exhibits in bright clean spaces, a bookstore with lots of film (and I do mean photographic film), and a pretty decent cafe on the main […]