Opinion: Photography

 
Heroes of wealth and power

Heroes of wealth and power

Magazines, Photography, Visual culture, Critique / Photography

An essay published in Mack’s new ‘Discourse’ series accuses three prominent photographers of creating propaganda for global capitalism. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Godard becomes ‘Godard’

Godard becomes ‘Godard’

Book design, Photography, Visual culture, Critique / Photography

In 1961, the new wave director posed for a German fashion photographer. The publicity pictures that followed are as self-reflexive as his films. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Palaces of petroleum

Palaces of petroleum

Design history, Graphic design, Photography, Critique / Photography

The adventurous design of a 1960 book promoting Australia’s fossil fuel industry offers a poignant glimpse of an optimistic, unquestioning age.Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Netherworld of crime

Netherworld of crime

Photography, Critique / Photography

A new book expands upon an impressionistic photo-essay about crime by Gordon Parks, including images not published at the time. By Rick Poynor
 
Recolouring the past

Recolouring the past

Photography, Critique / Photography

At a time when image falsification is a source of concern, the digital colourisation of documentary photographs is a retreat from the truth. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Instant object of desire

Instant object of desire

Photography, Typography, Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A Polaroid photo’s aura of ephemeral uniqueness lies in its small white frame and supercharged surface. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Whiteness made strange

Whiteness made strange

Photography, Critique / Photography

A brave, if flawed book of artists’ photographs addresses racism through the lens of white privilege. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Scalpel sharp

Scalpel sharp

Graphic design, Music design, Photography, Visual culture, Critique / Photography

A UK retrospective examines the explosive photomontages of feminist artist Linder, from the shock of her punk collages to pictures that juxtapose provocation with flowers and dance
 
Among the spirits

Among the spirits

Photography, Critique / Photography

Nadav Kander’s poetic and mysterious portraits of celebrities steal the limelight in his new book The Meeting. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
Four-wheeled dreams

Four-wheeled dreams

Photography, Critique / Photography

A new V&A book of photographs of cars fails to acknowledge the bigger picture. Photo Critique by Rick Poynor
 
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