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Dog Day Afternoons: Bits & Pieces (11)

The Return of Naruto

Surrogates for Naruto, the Indonesian macaque monkey who has become world-famous as a result of using professional photographer David Slater’s camera to generate a set of selfies, have returned to court to press their claim that Naruto holds the copyright to his images. According to his champions (and unknown […]

Robert Heinecken as Black Sheep (1)

I consider it a measure of a certain kind of stubborn integrity that Les Krims, Duane Michals, Kenneth Josephson, and Robert Heinecken continued to self-identify as photographers instead of jumping ship and reinventing themselves as picture-makers in one or another of the art world’s approved categories. They knew the dynamics and politics of the art scene, and understood the price they’d pay for their decision. Which made this an act of principle. […]