Critique

 

Critique (established 1999) is the regular Eye column by Rick Poynor.

 
From out of the blue

From out of the blue

Rick Poynor

Volume one of Anna Atkins’ beautiful study of British algae, issued in 1843, was the first ever publication to be printed using photography. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Awkward objects

Awkward objects

Rick Poynor

The tradition of the painted still life has been reinvented by contemporary photographers with pictures that pose a puzzle and slow the viewer down. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Streets without people

Streets without people

Rick Poynor

Emigre’s Rudy VanderLans explores the clotted terrain of Tokyo’s Shibuya and Shinjuku districts with the eye of a graphic designer
 
Hole in the head

Hole in the head

Rick Poynor

An artful book of deliberately torn, anonymous photographs from the Cold War era leaves many questions unanswered. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Cinematic view

Cinematic view

Rick Poynor

A recent edition of Aperture examines the enduring affinity between two art forms. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Twisting the alien

Twisting the alien

Rick Poynor

Set to minimalist techno, Arthur Jafa’s APEX is a cycle of images that illuminate the condition of black people within white-dominated culture. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Scenes from an imperfect world

Scenes from an imperfect world

Rick Poynor

Even Don McCullin expressed doubts about his photographs of war and suffering. What is their message today? Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Emotion pictures

Emotion pictures

Rick Poynor

Alex Prager’s ravishing tableaux mix glamour and unease. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Mining the ruins

Mining the ruins

Rick Poynor

When petrol replaced coal, the island of Hashima lost its purpose and slowly decayed. Rick Poynor examines a new photobook haunted by the past
 
Enigmas of abstraction

Enigmas of abstraction

Rick Poynor

Photography records with startling accuracy. Why use it to create non-representational images? Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
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