Reading Shortlist 12.18.13

© Georgina Berkeley, untitled page from the Berkeley Album (1867/71), from the exhibition "Playing with Pictures:
The Art of the Victorian Photocollage"

The Reading Shortlist is an occasional post with an eclectic listing of recommended sites, readings and links. A recommendation does not necessarily suggest an agreement with the contents of the post. For previous shortlists, please visit the site links page.

AGMA Magazine, Playing With Pictures: The Art of the Victorian Photocollage." Some impressive works in this post of early mixed media work from high society women in the 1860s and 1870s. (Click on the words "Playing With Pictures" to get the gallery of images to open up.)

Laurie Anderson, Rolling Stone, Laurie Anderson's Farewell to Lou Reed. Nothing at all to do with photography, but a lot to do with life.

Capa at 100, International Center of Photography. A half-hour radio interview which is the only recording known of Robert Capa's voice. He discusses a trip to Russia, how a couple of his most famous images were made and how he came up with his name. Also includes one of the most awkward, non sequitur product placements I've ever heard.

© Jane Cooper, Original Caption: "This Area Is Known as Gay Hill near Stockbridge, Vermont. The Farm Was
Originally Built in the 1800's by Ephraim Twitchell, the Famous Vermont Bridge Builder 03/1974"

DOCUMERICA Project by the Environmental Protection Agency. This Flickr page of the U.S. National Archives houses over 15,000 images from the EPA funded Documerica project. The project, ongoing between 1971-1977, entailed contracting freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities and everyday life in the 1970s. Photographers included David Alan Harvey and Danny Lyon.

© Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The Guardian, Liu Bolin, invisible man - in pictures. Not really photography either (beyond documenting his performances via the camera), but man, this guy is impressive.

Andrew Reid, EOSHD, Consumer DSLRs "dead in five years" I'm generally not very interested in talking about gear or gear articles and the points here may be a little extreme, but the coming changes to the camera market and camera development are going to affect all of us.

Sightsmap. Fascinating map of the density of photographs taken around the world.

Alec Soth, Little Brown Mushroom Blog, Popsicle #46: The letters of Sergio Larrain. Soth explores the idea of photographers giving up on photography through Aperture's Sergio Lorrain.

Susan Worsham, Fresh Air on Tumblr, Conversations with Margaret Daniel. I've been putting this hour-long audio compilation on while scanning or doing post-production the last month, just listening to Daniel talk. She could talk about anything and I'd listen.

Michael Zhang, PetaPixel, Video: Photographer Has Camera Lens Stolen From Around His Neck. Welp, that...that sucks.