You’ll find the most extensive online repository for my work in the Photography Criticism CyberArchive, the deepest online collection of writing about photography by many authors. This site is subscription-based.
- At the website of Beijing’s See+ Art Space/Gallery, the texts of my curatorial essays for the third project I curated for this gallery, “Light Quartet,” a four-person show of the work of Kate Breakey (English and Chinese), Connie Imboden (English and Chinese), Jerry Spagnoli (English and Chinese), and Robert Stivers (English and Chinese).
- Also at the See+ Art Space/Gallery’s website, the texts of my curatorial essays for the second project I curated for this gallery, a fall 2008 two-person show of the work of Jerry Uelsmann (English and Chinese) and Maggie Taylor (English and Chinese), titled “Prima Facie/Circumstantial Evidence.”
- Also at the See+ Art Space/Gallery’s website, the text for the first show I curated for them, the May-June 2008 presentation of “Saga,” Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s retrospective: “‘In the Silver Wildernesses’: Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s Walkabout,” in both English and Chinese.
- “Dinosaur Bones: The End (and Ends) of Photo Criticism (Part 1),” first part of this fall 2011 lecture, with images and short video footnotes, in Issue 2 of the VASA Journal on Images and Culture.
- A “critic-in-residence” essay, “Archive as Artefact: The Black Star Picture Agency,” as a downloadable PDF file at the website of the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto.
- “Potlatch, Auction, and the In-between: Digital Art and Digital Audiences,” my contribution to the 2007 Focal Encyclopedia Of Photography, edited by Michael Peres.
- At Thomas Kellner’s website, “‘Structure Implies and Movement Possesses’: Thomas Kellner’s ‘Contact Sheets,’ 1997-2002,” my introduction to his 2003 monograph, Ozymandias.
- Two essays on the work of the late Dutch photographer Jean Ruiter: “Jean Ruiter: Visual Ersatz” and “Jean Ruiter’s ‘Corpus Constructed.’”
- I don’t think of myself as a tech writer (though clearly I’ve achieved a certain level of geekhood). But consider the evidence . . . at Mac Edition Radio, an online resource edited by my colleague Harris Fogel, see “Treating Word 2008 for Mac OS X Like You Own It: A Working Writer Streamlines the New Release.”
- Also at at Mac Edition Radio, there’s an earlier piece, “FileMaker Pro 9 and an Open-Source Freeware Solution Make a Perfect Match for a Professional Writer!”
- A lengthy interview with me, “A. D. Coleman: A Conversation with the Critic,” conducted in March 2006 by Suzie Katz, appears at the PhotoWings website in print form and also as an audiofile.
- At his own website, a free PDF download of Vanilla Sex: Explicit Fine Art Photographs, Michael Rosen’s 2007 book, with my introduction thereto, “Vanilla Is as Vanilla Does: The Sexual Art of Michael Rosen.” (You can order the paperback edition from Michael via Blurb.com.)
- At the website of the Journal of Contemporary Art, my Dec. 2, 1990 interview with Joan Fontcuberta, the Spanish photographer, curator, historian, and educator.
- In the free pdf download of Photography and Research in Austria: Vienna, the Door to the European East, the complete proceedings of the European Society for the History of Photography’s 2001 symposium organized in Vienna by the indefatigable Anna Auer, you’ll find my contribution to the symposium: “After Critical Mass, What? A State-of-the-Craft Report on Photography Criticism.”
- Also at the website of the European Society for the History of Photography, “Analysis and Terminology,” an extensive interview with me conducted by Anna Auer in 2001 for her book Fotografie im Gespräch/Photography Speaks, published in 2001 by Dietmar Klinger Verlag. This link will take you to a pdf file of the complete book. (Most of the texts appear in German only, but mine and Van Deren Coke’s are in bth German and English.)
- In German, the text of the “Laudatio” by Marlene Schnelle-Schneyder, written for the occasion of the presentation to me of the Kulturpreis 2002 from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh).
- “Porn in the U.S.A” (their title, not mine), an August 1987 letter to the editor of The Nation, responding to painter and critic Maureen Mullarkey’s critique of the anti-porn writings of Catherine MacKinnon and the late Andrea Dworkin. (Scroll down to find my letter among several there. For Mullarkey’s original article, click here.)
- “In the bedroom with Lili Almog.” Introduction to an exhibition catalog by this New York-based Israeli artist. (Click Projects>Bed Sequence>About.)
- Robert Heinecken’s pioneering appropriation project, Are You Rea (1968), used pages from popular magazines as “found” paper negatives from which he derived black & white photogrammatic prints. Asked to provide a critical text to accompany an extension of that project, Recto/Verso (1988), which used the same basic technique to generate color prints of comparable pages from publications of that decade, I supplied a “found” photogram of my own — the text of my original 1970 New York Times commentary on Heinecken’s work, as republished in my book Light Readings, the two printed pages thereof treated as a paper negative of their own.
- “The Perils of Pluralism: Thoughts on the Condition of Photography at Century’s End”: A meditation included in the limited-edition portfolio celebrating Detroit Focus 2000, a festival that took place that year in the Motor City.
- “A Painter in a Hurry: The Photography of Ernst Haas”: A profile of the late specialist in small-camera color photography.
- At Barbara Jaffe’s website, Dark Sun: Light from the Negative, you’ll find my 1999 essay on her work, “Negative Capability,”originally a catalogue essay for a 1999 exhibition at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. (PDF format.)
- Early in 2004, Afterimage published “The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 is too narrowly applied to photographic works of art” by law student Katherine J. Carver. An exchange of letters followed. You’ll find mine at “Letter to the Editor 1″ and “Letter to the Editor 2.”
- At Simen Johan’s website, a pdf download of my essay on his work, “‘Painting with Photographs’: The Hybrid Visions of Simen Johan,” from the Winter 2005 issue of Ag.
- At the website of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA, Jim Kasson’s April 2003 interview with me.
- In Polish only: “Chaos Praxis: Thoughts on Some Examples of New Polish Photography.” And responses thereto (also in Polish only), from Adam Sobota and Zbigniew Tomaszczuk. (I’d welcome a translation to the responses ― I hate to miss the fun.)
- ArtThrob has posted an exchange from 2001 with photographer Jan Faul on the use of the term giclée, originally at a listserv.
- At the Sexuality.org site, “Everybody’s Business, and Nobody’s: Mainstreaming the Sexual Underground,” my foreword to Photo Sex: Fine Art Sexual Photography Comes of Age (2003), the anthology edited by David Steinberg. (Scroll about halfway down this page for the text.) You’ll also find it at photographer Mark Chester’s site.
- In fsphoto (a Swiss blog): Two letters from me regarding the willful destruction of the internationally reputed photo program at the Centre d’enseignment professionelle de Vevey (CEPV), in which I taught for three years (2002-04) One is to the school administration (in English); the second is to the editor of the Lausanne newspaper La Liberté (in English and French), concerning an attack on me by Pierre Keller of l’Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne. The article in question is also here (in French).
- In TalkBack (an e-zine): “How Self-Publishing Evolved into an Online Café.” An early account of the evolution of this website.
In various issues of Urban Desires (another e-zine):
- Time Exposure: The 1996 Arles Photography Festival
- Connie Imboden: Out of Darkness
- Dream Stew: Fran Murphy’s Photographs
- Prague Summer ’95 (with Nina Sederholm)
- Mud Pie: Photos by Nina Glaser
Elsewhere in The Nearby Café:
- In the Café Gallery, “Linda Troeller: TB-AIDS DIARY,” my essay about this germinal 1988 project accompanying the Café’s presentation of it here in its permanent online home. (Originally published in European Photography 11:4, October-December 1990.)
- Under Island Living in the Travel section, you’ll find my ongoing series of essays about Staten Island culture and politics, and about broader issues as well.
- In WordWork, in the Literature & Writing section, you’ll find extensive commentary on issues of professional writing, including intellectual property and copyright.
- And, on the Café’s Op-Ed page in the Politics section, you’ll find my occasional essays on a variety of themes.
- Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and trace evidence of other right-brain activity appears in the Villa Florentine section of the Café.
Among his diverse accomplishments and activities, my good friend and long-time colleague Harris Fogel edits Mac Edition Radio, an online site that ranges well beyond its nominal purview of all things Mac/Apple-related. Having watched and encouraged my evolution over the years into someone nearing geekdom in relation to digital technologies, Harris has persuaded me to start applying myself to tech writing. The idiosyncratic results appear (so far) exclusively at Mac Edition Radio, at the links below (most recent first):