Best of the Web

Eventful doesn’t begin to describe the last few weeks –news outlets have churned out major headline after major headline. Here we’ve put together four articles that are circulating the web; from a protest image that went viral to a thoughtful analysis of loneliness and photography. These are the stories that caught our eye amid the media disarray.

THE GUARDIAN: ‘She was making her stand’: image of Baton Rouge protester an instant classic 

Iesha Evans

Is this the modern protest image? The recent string of incidents in the USA has reignited campaigns and hashtags such as Black Lives Matter. Amid the shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, the protests against police brutality towards African-Americans and the deaths of five Dallas police officers, this image taken by Jonathan Bachman has become a symbol of the tension and unrest in a polarised country. The photograph of Iesha L Evans taken from Baton Rouge, Louisiana went viral on social media and has garnered comparisons to images from the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

Read the full story HERE.


THE NEW YORKER: Loneliness belongs to the photographer


Hanya Yanagihara’s wistful analysis of loneliness states that as love belongs to the poet loneliness belongs to the photographer. In the article Yanagihara mentions Olivia Laing’s book ‘The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone’; in it Laing suggests that true loneliness is an inherently American trait and one that is confidently articulated by visual artists. While photography can be considered intrusive, Yanagihara proposes that the lens is a contrivance that detaches the photographer from the world. Often the resulting images capture the overlooked, unseen and solitary constructions we don’t see as non-photographers. The article features photographs by Katy Grannan, Nicholas Nixon and Diane Arbus, Yanagihara says ‘In all of these pictures, the photographers are both absent and present: we don’t think of them, and yet at the same time, we are seeing through them. They are possessing us and yet they are allowing us the gift of not thinking ourselves possessed at all.’

Read the full story HERE.


THE OBSERVER: The digital age reshapes our notion of photography. Not everyone is happy…

Public, Private, Secret. My Meds by Natalie Bookchin

In this instant digital age everyone can agree that photography is the most contemporary art form. Sean O’Hagan explores this notion and how our idea of photography has changed. In the simplest review of this article the question: what is photography? is the most fitting. Henri Cartier Bresson once spoke of the ‘decisive moment’, but in a modern landscape where selfies, Instagram and Photoshop exist that ‘decisive moment’ holds less weight; in its place a more abstract vision of photography is slowly coming of age. Public, Private, Secret, an exhibition at New York’s ICP Museum, explores that abstract vision, the diversity of photography, and the blurred lines between privacy and surveillance. However O’Hagan explains that similar exhibitions are less likely in Britain, where photography is perhaps more beloved in its straight and traditional form [think Don McCullin.] O’Hagan interviewed curator Charlotte Cotton in 2011 who said: “We are at a point where everything is up for review, including the idea of what a cultural space should be doing at this moment of what you might call exhilarating crisis.”

Read the full story HERE


i-D: What made Bill Cunningham great

bill cunningham

Bill Cunningham is lauded as one of the greatest fashion and street photographers and after his recent death i-D put together this article to pay homage to the New York-based artist. For decades Cunningham snapped the savvy-dressed dwellers of the city for the New York Times’ ‘On the Street’ column. The article details Cunningham’s photographic enterprise; from his unassuming personality to the way he captured the vibrancy of New York City. Oliver Lunn writes that Cunningham was unaffected by the pizzazz of fashion’s elite, instead he lived in a tiny apartment and slept on an old mattress. It’s not a think-piece article, but it’s a nice tribute to a vibrant and great photographer. If you take anything from the article take Cunningham’s advice “If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, don’t touch money; it’s the worst thing you can do.”

Read the full story HERE.

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