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Looking at Photography By Stephen Frailey

Posted on March 03, 2021 - By Stephen Frailey
Looking at Photography  By Stephen Frailey
Looking at Photography  By Stephen Frailey

How to read photographs: the new essential primer

In 1973, John Szarkowski, the revered director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, published his classic volume Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, offering a wide-ranging and accessible history of photography and an engaging primer.

Now, American photographer and educator Stephen Frailey has borrowed Szarkowski’s concept and format for his new book, Looking at Photography: 100 great images and a page of text for each. Frailey picks up where Szarkowski left off, updating the project to take stock of significant photographs from the early 1980s to the present day. Through a focused discussion on each individual work, Frailey articulates the themes and emerging sensibility of contemporary photography. Artists featured in this volume include Tina Barney, Jeff Wall, Steven Meisel, Nan Goldin, Helmut Newton, Martin Parr, Tim Walker and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others.

Andrew Moore

House with YellowPorch, Sheridan County, Nebraska, 2009 © Andrew Moore

Stephen Frailey (born 1957) is a photographer, writer, curator, editor and educator. His work has been shown, published and collected internationally.

He served as the Chair of Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1998 to 2018, and is the co-chair of its MPS Fashion Photography Program.

In 2003, he founded the Auction for Photographic Education in Afghanistan to create a photography department at Kabul University. In 2007 he founded the photography magazine Dear Dave, and is its Editor in Chief. He is currently the Director of Education at Red Hook Labs.

Carrie Mae Weems

When and Where I Enter-Mussolini's Rome, 2006 © Carrie Mae Weems

Jeff Wall Larry Sultan Carrie Mae Weems Peter Hujar Nan Goldin Phillip-Lorca di Corcia Lucas Blalock Helmut Newton Latoya Ruby Frazier, James Welling Richard Misrach Roe Ethridge Gregory Crewdson William Eggleston Taryn Simon Hiroshi Sugimoto Daido Moriyama Cindy Sherman Stephen Shore, Lee Friedlander Susan Meisalas Thomas Demand Joel Sternfeld Richard Prince Barbara Kruger Ralph Gibson Robert Mapplethorpe Christopher Williams and many more

Gary Schneider

John in Sixteen Parts, 1996 © Gary Schneider

Jo Ann Callis

Woman with Black Sand, 1976 © Jo Ann Callis

Martin Parr

Woman with Black Sand, 1976 © Martin Parr

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