Essays About the Photographs, Part One (Tour of My Book)

Most of my photobook, Computational Photography, is made up of photographs. Shocker, I know! There are sixteen photo projects and along with each project is an essay. But not your normal essays, though they started out familiar enough. The original idea for the texts was that I would write a…

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The One True Artist Statement (Tour of My Book)

You don't need me to tell you about the dumbness--and if you care at all about the arts, the embarrassing dumbness--of the artist statement. It is said that artist statements originated somewhere in the early 1990s but I remember them earlier than that. I've never seen a good one and…

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Making Zaido: An Interview with Yukari Chikura

The photobook Zaido by Yukari Chikura was published last year and has been featured in nearly every "top ten" list. The book is now listed as "out of print" by Steidl, the publisher, although stock remains at booksellers. You can see my review of Zaido here. I chatted with the…

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I’m Giving My Book Away

My idea--I'm a genius at marketing my work, it should be obvious by now-- was to send a free copy of Computational Photography each month, given postage-free* to a reader drawn randomly from my subscriber list. I mean, I would ask them first if they even wanted a copy of…

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Tour of Computational Photography: Title Page and Overture

Computational Photography, as it developed, became less and less like a regular photobook and more and more like an art project in itself. In a regular photobook you'd start off with an introductory text, followed by an essay from a curator or scholar associated with the kind of work that…

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Exploring the Mayan Ruins (In Books)

After going through William Frej's exciting photobook, Maya Ruins Revisited (see my review here), that excitement carried on and I wanted to dig deeper. Do you want more, too? The first place to start is the most obvious: One essay in Frej's book offers a good summary of what is…

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Albrecht Dürer was a Photographer

(This is part of series looking back at posts I wrote a decade ago. First published on November 4, 2011.)  If Albrecht Dürer were alive today he would be a photographer. I’m sure of it. I’ve been a fan of Durer’s work for many years and have always felt he…

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