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Shenzhen Economic Daily Interview, 2007 (a)

I have always imagined my own “average reader” as a reasonably educated and literate member of the general public, broadly interested in cultural issues. Of course I sometimes write specifically for, and am read by, people who work professionally in the arts, and for the audience for contemporary art. But I would not want to have my own writing restricted to that segment of the population, and I don’t think the public discussion of photography should be limited to its function as an art form. […]

Ivanka Trump Tells All

According to Ivanka, the family found Trump’s triumph at the GOP convention “shattering,” and its aftermath incomprehensible. “Of course we encouraged him to enter the race,” she explained. “You don’t argue with an alpha male who has enough on you to ruin your life in a minute when he tells you that he’s going to rule the world.” But they never expected him to succeed in politics. “Nobody knew the American people were so gullible.” […]

Cabin Fever 2017: Bits & Pieces (2)

Donald Trump’s bromance with his puppet master, Vladimir Putin, has made headlines and served as op-ed fodder for much of the past two years. So it seems appropriate to point out Putin’s small but not insignificant place in the history of contemporary photography — specifically, the Krappy Kamera movement. […]

Cabin Fever 2017: Bits & Pieces (1)

So far as I can tell, though several Instagram followers commented on Jared Kushner’s “booty grab,” Frank Bruni alone made official note of it — and that only obliquely. So you probably read it here first. […]

Election 2016: Image World (18)

The fact that, in the 21st century, enough people in this country buy the nonsense Trump peddles to vault this dangerous know-nothing into the “leadership of the free world” tells me that the American experiment has come to an ignominious end. […]