The painful vision of Eugene Richards
The Fat Baby: stories by Eugene RichardsPhaidon, £59.95, €95<br>
While many forms of photography are enjoying a popularity like never before – be it through the increasing number of galleries who specialise in the art or the ever expanding numbers of magazines – photojournalism and documentary photography (war being the one exception) appears to be in terminal decline. Ever since the last of the great picture magazines closed in the late 1970s, photojournalists have struggled to find new outlets for their stories. One of the few remaining outlets for socially important photography has been the newspaper supplement, but it now seems that even they have turned their backs on the genre, too, in favour of the celebrity portrait (no matter how ‘D’ list) or the lifestyle feature.
Wayne Ford, art director, London and Swindon
Read full version in Eye no. 53 vol. 14, 2004
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