Reading Shortlist 11.7.14

Still from the video "The Archive of Modern Conflict"

Six weeks of vacation has left me with a lot of reading to catch up on so I'll start the site back up with a Reading Shortlist post. 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.

Blake Andrews, B, Carving the Rubble. Andrews presents a level-headed navigation of both Winogrand's legacy and the critical reaction to it.

Aperture, LaToya Ruby Frazier in Conversation with Dawoud Bey. The conversation focuses around Frazier's work and first monograph.

Adam Bell, Paper Journal, Ricardo Cases – El Porqué de las Naranjas. Bell's reviews continue to elucidate with the cleanest of writing.

Jonathan Blaustein, A Photo Editor, Interview with Mishka Henner, Parts 1 and 2. An interview as insightful as it is funny covering, among other things, print-on-demand, the planet Earth as Picasso's guitar and the 21st century hustle, as Blaustein dubs it.

Carl Gunhouse, Light Leaked, "What’s going on with Photography". Gunhouse looks at art history to trace the lines that have lead us to today's historical moment in photography and makes his bet on which two contemporary photographers will be remembered by history. Hint: I'm not one.

From the article "Can Photojournalism Survive in the Instagram Era?" by Jeremy Lybarger
Image © Celia Shapiro, Timothy McVeigh, 06/11/2001, from the series "Last Supper" 

Jeremy Lybarger, Mother Jones, Can Photojournalism Survive in the Instagram Era? This is an ancient piece (for the Internet) and has been much discussed, but if you've never read it, it shows Fred Ritchin at his most lucid and convincing and I would say Ritchin is the most forward thinking voice in public conversation on photography today.

Steven Naifeh, Vanity Fair, NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh Mystery. A forensics-based reexamination of Van Gogh's "suicide" concludes it wasn't a suicide after all.

David Walker, PDN Online, Photo Blogs Are Proliferating: How Photographers Can Make the Most of Them. Interesting for a one-stop comparative look at fees paid by major (corporate) photo blogs and a good reminder to actively consider where you publish your work instead of posting anywhere that will let you.

Richard West, Source Photographic Review, The Archive of Modern Conflict. A 15-minute video looking inside the archives and a conversation on access and the meaning of the collection with curator and editor Timothy Prus.