• “Freedom Reflex: the Photographs of Liu Xia,” keynote lecture delivered at the opening of the exhibition “The Silent Strength of Liu Xia” at the Lora Robins Gallery of the University of Richmond Museums in Richmond, VA, on February 28, 2013.
• “Return of the Suppressed: Pictorialism’s Revenge,” keynote lecture delivered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to kick off the symposium “Truth, Lies, and Photographs,” November 2, 2012.
• “Pepper-Spray Cop: The Comic.” My first experiment with comic-book form as a vehicle for critical commentary, posted on December 16, 2011. Available in five formats:
- Movie version (full 14.5-minute version), 640×480. With voiceover. On Vimeo.
- Movie version (in two 7.5-minute segments), 1240×720. With voiceover. Click here for Part 1, and here for Part 2. On YouTube.
- Web version (html).
- PDF file, viewable online or downloadable to your computer, ebook reader, or other device.
- Audio version.
• “Megyn Kelly’s MK-9 Pepper Spray for Kids!”: In which my alter ego, The Derrière Garde, narrates an advertisement for Fox News neocon bimbo Kelly’s own branded version of what she has declared is “a food product, essentially” in an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.” On YouTube.
• SoHo Photo Gallery 40th Anniversary Founders Panel Discussion, moderated by A.D. Coleman. Held on April 14, 2011 at the Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, TriBeCa, NYC. Founder panelists include Lee Romero, Catherine Ursillo, Harvey Stein, Frank Tartaglia, Sonia Katchian, Mark Haven, and Jill Freedman. In 8 parts, at YouTube:
• “Staten Island in Photographs,” a curated slideshow of captioned images from the collection of the Staten Island Museum, which first went online at the Museum’s website in the fall of ’07 and now appears as a QuickTime movie at YouTube. For more about this project, click here.
• “Welcome to the International Image Community,” lecture at the Clara Hatton Gallery, Department of Art, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO, April 14, 2004, excerpt 1:
• “Welcome to the International Image Community,” lecture at the Clara Hatton Gallery, Department of Art, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO, April 14, 2004, excerpt 2:
“A. D. Coleman extols the artists protesting repression in China,” a half-hour interview with journalist Melinda Pillsbury-Foster interviews A. D. Coleman about the stirring imagery and poetry produced by dissident Chinese artists such as Liu Xia, for her show at Rumor Mill Radio/Radio RMN, on August 7, 2012. Click here to listen to it online and/or to download a podcast.
“A. D. Coleman updates listeners about the Lt. Pike photo that went viral,” a half-hour interview with journalist Melinda Pillsbury-Foster interviews A. D. Coleman for her show at Rumor Mill Radio/Radio RMN, on May 5, 2012. Click here to listen to it online and/or to download a podcast.
“A. D. Coleman describes the evocative impact of images in the social networking era,” a half-hour interview with journalist Melinda Pillsbury-Foster for her show at Rumor Mill Radio/Radio RMN, on December 6, 2011. Click here to listen to it online and/or to download a podcast.
Vídsjá: A. D. Coleman Interviewed by Kristínu Ómarsdóttur.
October 3, 2007, Ríkisútvarpid/RUV radio; approx. 10 minutes long.
StudioTulsa: A. D. Coleman Interviewed by Rich Fisher. October 20, 2006, National Public Radio 89.5 KWGS, Tulsa, University of Tulsa; approx. 30 minutes long.
Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins: A. D. Coleman and Denise Bethel. September 26, 2006, National Public Radio 90.7 WFAE, Charlotte, NC; approx. 34 minutes long.
An extended interview with me, “A. D. Coleman: A Conversation with the Critic,” conducted in March 2006 by Suzie Katz, appears at the PhotoWings website as an audiofile, full-length and broken into segments, along with a complete transcription.
PC Talk/Mac Edition: A. D. Coleman Interviewed by Harris Fogel. Sunday, June 15, 2003, WPEN 950 AM in Philadelphia. Approx. 15 minutes long.
“Straight from the Hearth: Photography and the Luminous Image,” by A. D. Coleman: an audiofile of the author reading this catalogue essay (Fall 1996). Approx. 10 minutes long.
I make appearances in the following films, available on DVD:
Shustak (2009), directed by New Zealand filmmaker Stuart Page. A feature-length biographical documentary about the late New York School photographer/filmmaker Larence Shustak. Among its other virtues, the film demonstrates how effectively you can piece together a complex, persuasive portrait of an individual from scraps and snippets of film, stills, journals, and other raw materials. Necessary, in this case, because much of Larry’s work and documentation got destroyed in a flooded Staten Island basement where it was stored after he left the States for a teaching job in New Zealand in the late 1960s. That included extensive documentation of the NYC jazz scene (he worked for Riverside Records), and most of his own personal projects.
The Photographers Series: Keith Carter (2006), directed by John Spellos. Solid hour-long documentary about this internationally known Texan photographer at mid-career. Conventional structure, informative content. Carter’s an engaging, articulate subject. Other interviewees include curator Anne Wilkes Tucker and Academy Award winning writer Horton Foote. Includes, as a bonus, a 20-minute instructional segment on toning, demonstrated in his darkroom by Carter.
The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia (2002), directed by Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal. Winner, Best Arts Documentary Program, Geminis 2003; Nominee, Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Geminis 2003. An excellent teaching tool for classes in documentary still photography and film, this 52-minute long color film will interest a general audience as well. It concentrates on the ethical issues underlying Adams’s often stylized representation of residents of rural Appalachia. I serve as the heavy in this project, Adams’s severest critic, which has raised the hackles of people who have a hard time differentiating between photographic images and the subjects thereof.
American Masters: W. Eugene Smith – Photography Made Difficult (1989), directed by Gene Lasko. Originally issued on VHS tape, then on DVD in 2001, this 89-minutes long biopic/docudrama collages newsreel footage, interviews, and dramatic retelling of major moments in the life of this influential Midwestern photographer. Smith is played by Peter Reigert, using dialogue taken from Smith’s diaries and letters. Not entirely successful, in my opinion, in the reenactment segments, but there’s much of substance here. Produced for the Public Broadcasting System’s American Masters television series, it was written by Jan Hartman.
Conversations with Roy DeCarava (1984), by Carroll Parrot Blue. Blue Ribbon Winner, 1984 American Film Festival; Second Prize Winner, 1984 Black American Cinema Awards. Roy died in late 2009. At the moment, so far as I know, this is the only film project in which he’s featured. While it’s a fine one, it’s short (28 minutes), and doesn’t cover any of the major achievements of his later years, such as the Museum of Modern Art retrospective with its superb accompanying monograph, the belated publication of his chef-d’oeuvre The Sound I Saw, and many other milestones. Let’s hope that something else filmic ― perhaps incorporating some of the footage here, but much more substantial, and including what happened with and for and to him after 1984 ― will eventuate.