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Mulvey on the Figure of the Woman

“Woman then stands in patriarchal culture as signifier for the male other, bound by a symbolic over in which man can live out his phantasies and obsessions through linguistic command by imposing them on the silent image of woman still… Continue reading

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Williams on Williams

“The art world is one of the few public areas that allow for speculative thought or slowed down vision. The camera, the gallery, the museum, the play between language and images, are all part of a workshop to make things… Continue reading

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Remember, Body by Cavafy

Body, remember not only how much you were loved, not only the beds on which you lay, but also those desires which for you plainly glowed in the eyes, and trembled in the voice — and some chance obstacle made… Continue reading

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One off: Collier Schorr.

Craig Garrett: Earlier you asked me whether I thought your photos looked “too gay.” Having always focused on the feminist angle of your work — and, specifically, how decoding masculine poses might be relevant for a lesbian — I confess… Continue reading

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Kozloff on the Camera and culture

“Without asking so much as the viewer’s leave, photographers have deprogrammed the genres and tossed media in a juggle of unexpected meanings. They remind us, if only by contrast, of how often our understanding of photographs originates on the basis… Continue reading

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Cadava on the Photograph, Ruin & Time

“There can be no image that is not about destruction and survival, and this is especially the case in the image of ruin. We might even say that the image of ruin tells us what is true of every image:… Continue reading

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Duchamp on Photography

“photography is not limited to the role of copyist. It is a marvellous explorer of those aspects that our retina never records, and that, every day, inflict such cruel contradictions on the adorers of familiar visions that are so few,… Continue reading

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Proulx on the Landscape

“Landscape for me is geography, geology, archaeology, agronomy, agriculture, the violent character of the atmosphere, black squirrels and wild oats, bulldozers. It is jet trails and barbed wire, government land, malpais, dry stream beds, it is politics, desert plant robbers,… Continue reading

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Structures in Sand, by John Ashbery

They still connect(it still connects?)—the feeling of the middle of the eveningas it is overtakenby its sides.And then everything must be taken upand washed and put back together again.Why is that so?True happiness(which we can’t have, while we are close… Continue reading

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Lines, by Vallejo

Each ribbon of fire, that in search of Love, I cast and vibrate in lamentable roses, births me to the burial of my eve. I don’t know if the throbbing where I search will be the painting of rock, or… Continue reading

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