Reading All Book Reviews Essays Festival Review Interviews Reviews Essay: Jane Taylor at the American Center of Oriental Research Jane Taylor’s photography collection, held at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan captures pivotal moments during the last 30 years in the Arab region and Asia, featuring subjects spanning cultural heritage to social history. REVIEW: Doug Fogelson's 'Anthem' Book Review: Henry Wessel's Traffic, Sunset Park, Continental Divide Sasha Patkin reviews Henry Wessel’s Traffic, Sunset Park, Continental Divide. This book presents three independent bodies of work by Henry Wessel, each being a precise sequence arranged to give the viewer the experience of what it felt like to pass through the territory described. BOOK REVIEW: No Circus, Randi Malkin Steinberger Sasha Patkin reviews Randi Malkin Steinberger’s forthcoming book, No Circus. BOOK REVIEW: The Ongoing Moment, by Geoff Dyer What could a writer have to say about photography? Cultural critic Geoff Dyer writes about photography in his acclaimed book The Ongoing Moment. REVIEW: Photo Romania Festival 2016 Our festivals editor Daniel Pateman travelled to Romania for the 6th edition of the Photo Romania Festival, discovering a bold international mix of abstract and journalistic photography, as well as a friendly network of passionate photographers. Taking place in the beautiful city of Cluj-Napoca, the festival comprised numerous in-depth presentations, which detailed a compelling array of artistic projects, and practical sessions were organised to cover specialist topics such as wedding, fashion, landscape and concert photography. REVIEW: Todd Drake's 'This Place' at the Brooklyn Museum Organized by Frédéric Brenner and curated by Charlotte Cotton, this exhibition features 600 works by twelve artists, who are not Palestinian or Israeli, but who came to Israel and the West Bank between 2009 and 2012 to create work for this project. REVIEW: Urban Photo Festival Daniel Pateman looks back on London’s ‘Urban Photo Festival’, considering how the diverse works challenged and added to the debate about what street photography can or should be. While the festival’s expansive, forward looking conception of Street Photography caused some people onsternation, others found their perceptions positively challenged, leaving them inspired to think further on the topic of Urbanism. REVIEW: Doug Fogelson: "Creative Destruction" at Sasha Wolf Gallery It’s been more than 50 years since Silent Spring indicted the human race for systematic destruction of the planet, and over 150 years since Thoreau allegorized Walden Pond as an analogy for the innate freedom of man. At a time when the earth’s natural environment at last takes center stage as a global political platform of its own, Doug Fogelson’s new works — prismatic, saturated views of forests, treses, fields, and mountains — presciently honor nature while implying the artist’s anxiety about its destruction. Review: “Here and Now/There and Then: I am a Lie and I am Gold” at Yossi Milo Gallery What would an exhibition about photography be like without the inclusion of a single photograph? Dr. Corey Dzenko reviews “Here and Now/There and Then: I am a Lie and I am Gold,” curated by Marco Breuer, Yossi Milo, on view at Yossi Milo Gallery 11 December 2015 to 23 January 2016. REVIEW: Holding the Line - Altered Images: 150 Years of Posted and Manipulated Documentary Photography at the Bronx Documentary Center Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography was on view at the Bronx Documentary Center from 20 June – August 2, 2015. From photography’s earliest days, a small number of photographers and editors have misled the public. Others have made mistakes of judgment and execution. Regimes have used altered images as propaganda. This exhibition examines prominent cases and ethical documentary practice. REVIEW: Margaret Morton's Decade with the Homeless at Leica Gallery An exhibition showing the result of almost a decade of Morton’s work documenting a series of ad hoc communities throughout New York. In the process, Morton recorded evidence of universal ideas about the notion of home, visible in the elaborately adorned structures her subjects built. ESSAY: Analyzing the Concept of Community Through the Photographic Projects of Nan Goldin and Zhe Chen Looking at Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and Zhe Chen’s The Bees project, this essay delves into the concept of community; what does it mean and who does it include. REVIEW: Klompching Gallery re-opens with Helen Sear Klompching Gallery re-open in their new space at 89 Water Street, DUMBO. The inaugural show is a celebration of Helen Sear’s work and comes as she is representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale VISUAL ANALYSIS: Orogenesis An in depth visual analysis of the Orogenesis series by Joan Fontcuberta – an investigation into the philosophy and politics of photographic representation and imagination in disciplines that represent space. ESSAY: Aesthetics and Ideology of Sebastiao Salgado Sebastiao Salgado gained notoriety in the 1980s, when he photographed the famine and its effects in the Sahel region of Africa. Since then, he has continuously documented the most uncomfortable aspects of our contemporary world – human pain resulting from exploitation, terror of wars, and ecological destruction. Salgado’s photos, although records of specific events in time and places, have the power to transcend this specificity and even point to universality. ESSAY: Man Ray: Surrealism and Photography While working as a doctor in a military psychiatric hospital during World War I, Frenchman André Breton experienced disturbed soldiers discussing “bizarre images as if they had taken dictation from a genius who had possessed them while reason slept.” As the post-war art world turned its back on Dadaism, Surrealism emerged from the ashes, and its principles are ever clear in Man Ray’s photographic works. ESSAY: Portraiture and Projection Appearances are bearers of meaning. Our first impressions of a person are concealed within our own imaging process. ESSAY: Alexey Titarenko: St Petersburg A look at Alexey Titarenko’s haunting, ghostly street photographs taken in post-Soviet, 1990s St Petersburg. ESSAY: Anne Collier's "Woman With a Camera" “Woman With a Camera”; an ongoing project by Anne Collier that explores the power dynamics of taking pictures, while appropriating slick methods of advertising. ESSAY: Are We a Culture That Produces Artworks or Things? The pressure of the art market – who’s buying, what’s selling – is influencing many artists, especially those just beginning a long career, to the point of adapting an almost universal aesthetic that’s easy to market and sell. Yet not every artist creates pieces that are things before they are works. INTERVIEW: Sasha Wolf, Director of Sasha Wolf Gallery New York Photography Diary met with Sasha Wolf, director of Sasha Wolf Gallery at 70 Orchard Street, to discuss her experience, her gallery and how being a gallery owner is changing in contemporary culture. INTERVIEW: Sheyi Bankale, Curator of Photo50 @ London Art Fair 2015 An interview with Sheyi Bankale, Curator of Photo50 @ London Art Fair 2015 REVIEW: Thomas Struth at the Metropolitan Museum Thomas Struth’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an intimate show that nevertheless allows visitors to gauge the master photographer’s absolute grandeur. A Letter From The Editors At New York Photography Diary, we cover the entirety of the New York photography scene, from museum retrospectives of established artists to small shows from emerging talent. We’ll make you aware of lectures, events and auctions, and frame it all with articles provided by our writers.