Reading Shortlist: 6.12.14

Film still from "George Osodi: Kings of Nigeria," part of Al-Jezeera's "The New African Photography" series

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.

Al Jazeera, The New African Photography. This six-part video series, each focusing on a young or middle-aged contemporary African photographer, aims to counter the legacy of colonial visual interpretations of the continent and present alternative paths forward for imaging Africa in new ways.

Jörg Colberg, Conscientious, How to Write About Your Photographs. Solid advice from Colberg, especially on how writing can inform your work process.

Philip Gefter, The New York Times, With Cameras Optional, New Directions in Photography. An article ostensibly about the show "What Is a Photograph?" at the ICP summarizes the big questions in photography today.

Evita Goze, FK Magazine, Interview with Aaron Schuman. Schuman talks about research as part of photography process and product as well as about photography as language.

Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the Universe. Deepest ever view of the universe confirms it looks a lot like Lucky Charms.

Barry W. Hughes, SMBH Blog, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014. Sharp, insightful critique of this year's Deutsche Börse Photography Prize results and exhibition.

Ieva Laube, Fold, Designing visual novels. Interview with Teun van der Heijden. Dutch designer van der Heijden, who designed Stanley Greene's Black Passport among many other books, talks about how he conceptualizes his role in relationship to the photographer and on what makes a good photo book.

Craig Mod, The New Yorker, Goodbye Cameras. An argument for the holistic potential of networked devices and an end to cameras.

Colin Pantall, Incestuous and Self-Congratulatory Photobooks? Pantall asks a question that deserves a lot more conversation.

Shit My Photography Professor Says. A student in a Thomas Roma class at Columbia documents Roma's wisdom and insanity.