Coleman, A.D., Light Readings, 2nd edn.

Light Readings

Coleman A.D. (1998) Light Readings. (2nd edn.) Albuquerque: University of Mew Mexico Press


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Contents
Author’s Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Dialogues with Myself in Time, Shelley Rice

1968
Latent Image 3
Paul Strand (I) 5
Jerry Uelsmann (I) 7

1969
Christmas Gift: “Harlem On My Mind” 9
Richard Kirstel (I): “Pas de Deux” 12
Critique 13

1970
James Van DerZee 16
Roy DeCarava: “Thru Black Eyes” 18
“Photography into Sculpture”: Sheer Anarchy, or a Step Forward? 28
Inside the Museum, Infinity Goes Up On Trial 31
Holography: A Prophecy 36
The Horrors of Hiroshima 37
Roger Minick: Delta West 39
Robert Heinecken: A Man for All Dimensions 41
Bruce Davidson: East 100th Street 45
Duane Michals (I): Sequences 48
Richard Kirstel (II): Is This the Scopes Trial of Photography? 50

1971
Jerry Uelsmann (II): He Captures Dreams, Visions, Hallucinations 55
Les Krims: Four Photographs That Drove a Man to Crime 58
Fundi: The Nuances of the Moment 60
Peter Bunnell: Money, Space, and Time, or the Curator as Juggler 63
Jan Van Raay: The Crest of a Tidal Wave 68
Photography and Conceptual Art 72
Harvey Stromberg: The Sneakiest Show in Town 73
Diane Arbus (I): The Mirror Is Broken 77
“I Have a Blind Spot About Colar Photographs” 78
Larry Clark: Tulsa 79
Danny Seymour: A Loud Song 81
Michael Abramson: Palante 82
More on Colar: Readers Speak Out 85
A Manifesto for Photography Education 88

1972
Danny Lyon and Geoff Winningham: Barred Doors, Bared Mats 93
Paul Strand (II) 96
Bernadette Mayer: “Memory” 98
Thomas Barrow and Charles Gatewood 99
Duane Michals (II): The Journey of the Spirit After Death 101
Who Will Be the Replacements? 103
Bea Nettles 105
Judy Dater 106
Beuford Smith: He Records the Texture of Black Life 107
Not Seeing Atget for the Trees 110
Robert Frank: The Lines of My Hand 112
Ed Ruscha (I): “My Books End Up in the Trash” 113
Ed Ruscha (II): “I’m Not Really a Photographer” 116
Van Deren Coke: The Painter and the Photograph 119
Ansel Adams: Let Me Make One Thing Perfectly Clear 122
Robert D’ Alessandro: New York’s Funky Epiphanies 124
Diane Arbus (II): Her Portraits Are Self-Portraits 125
Bob Adelman and Susan Hall: Down Home 128

1973
Robert Delford Brown: An Introduction 130
Life May Have Died, But Photography Lives On 134
Ralph Gibson: Deja- Vu 137
Minor White: Octave of Prayer (I) 140
Minor White: Octave of Prayer (II) 143
Michael Lesy (I): Wisconsin Death Trip 150
Must T hey “Progress” So Fast? 153
Shouldn’t We Be More Concerned? 156
“Photography: Recent Acquisitions” 158
Clarence John Laughlin 160
Bill Dane 162
Emmet Gowin 163

1974
Julio Mitchel 167
W. Eugene Smith: “Minamata” 169
Michael Martone: Dark Light 171
New Japanese Photography 174
Paul Diamond 177
Abigail Heyman and Imagen Cunningham 178
“From Today, Painting Is Dead”: A Requiem 182
Art Critics: Our Weakest Link 188
Reinventing Photography 191

1975
My Camera in the Olive Grove: Prolegomena to the Legitimization of Photography by the Academy 195
Because It Feels So Good When I Stop: Concerning a Continuing Personal Encounter with Photography Criticism 203

1976
Where’s The Money? 215
The Indigenous Vision of Manuel Alvarez Bravo 221
On Plagiarism 229
“Violated” Instants: Lucas Samaras and Les Krims 238
Novel Pictures: The Photofiction of Wright Morris 242
The Directorial Mode: Notes Toward a Definition 246

1977
Humanizing History: Michael Lesy’s Real Life 258
Visual Recycling: Irving Penn’s “Street Material” 261
Lament for the Walking Wounded 265

1978
No Future for You? Speculations on the Next Decade in Photography Education 270

Appendix
Walker Evans: Gone to Look for America 281
Taking Pictures: Photography and the Territorial Imperative 283
On the Subject of John Szarkowski: An Open Letter to the Directors and Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art 287
Susan Sontag: Off Photography 294

Index 305
About the Author 309


Index A-C

A

Abramson, Michael, 82-85, 135

Adams,Ansel, 122-24, 137,140, 189-91,

255-56

Adelman, Bob, 128-29

Agee, James, vii

Agnew, Spiro, 54

Alinder, Jim, 242

Alvarez Bravo, Manuel, 161, 221-28, 230,

241,250

Antonioni, Michelangelo, 302nl5

Arbus,Diane,67,77-78, 100, 125-27,178,

284,298,300

Arguelles, Jose, 260-61

Art, photography and, 182-94, 222-23. See

also Coke, Van Deren; Conceptual art;

Directorial mode

Atget, Eugene, 110-12, 159,223

Avedon, Richard, 78

B

Baraka, Imamu Amiri (LeRoi Jones), 60-63

Barrow, Thomas, 99-100

Barthes, Roland, 297

Beals, Carleton, The Crime of Cuba, 282

Bengston, Billy Al, 118-19

Benjamin, Walter, 297

Berger, John, 297

Black photographers, 9-12. See also

DeCarava, Roy; Fundi; Smith, Beuford;

Van DerZee, James

Blow-Up, 136, 199

Bockris, Victor, 302n

Brassai, 223-24, 233

Brei!, Ruth, 143-44

Breton, Andre, 221,245

Bullard, E. John, 216-18

Bullock, Wynn, 55, 189

Bunnell, Peter, 30, 43, 69-70, 76, 119, 195,

197, 199, 216-20, 242,291; interview, 63-

68; Princeton appointment, 103-4, 195

Burrows, Larry, 92, 135, 137

Byers, Paul, 190

C

Callahan, Harry, 282

Callahan, Sean, 28 7, 288

Camera Craft, 208, 255

Index

Camera Work. See Stieglitz, Alfred

Cameron, Julia Margaret, 254

Cartier-Bresson, Henri, 23, 62,176,221,223

Castaneda, Carlos, 151

Caufield and Shook Collection (Univ. of

Louisville), 259

Censorship of photography. See V ision,

freedom of

Cesnola, General Luigi Palma de, 32

Clagdon, Peter, 86-87

Clark, Larry, 79-81, 135, 138

Coke,V an Deren, 104-5,1 19-22,2 06-7, 236-38

Coleman, Ornette, 17

Collecting and collectors, 4, 184, 215-20

Color photography, 78-79, 85-88

Conceptual art, photography and, 72-73,

183-84, 192-94,257

Consilvio, Thomas, 164

Coover, Robert, 302nl4

Cornell, Joseph, 121, 133

The Crime of Cuba, (Carleton Beals), 282

Criticism, photography, 78-79, 203-14; art

critics and, 188-94, 253, 265-69

Culture, photography’s impact on, 3-4, 58-

60, 68-72, 82-85, 88-92, 130-32,270-79

Cummings, e. e., 286

Cunningham, Imogen, 181

Cutforth, Roger, 193


D-L

D

D’ Alessandro, Robert, 124-25

Dane, Bill (William Zulpo-Dane), 141, 162-03

Dater, Judy, 106-7

Davidson, Bruce, 45-48, 82-83, 149

DeCarava,Roy,17, 18-28,60-63, 107-9

DeJasu, Lee, 88

Delford Brown, Robert, 130-34

Diamond, Paul, 177-78

Directorial mode, 246-57

Documentary photography, 39-41, 45-48, 79-

81, 167—08, 249-50. See also Photojournalism

Dornon, Ken, 176

Dylan, Bob, 58, 127

E

Education, photography, 88-92, 153-55, 195-202, 270-79

Eggleston, William, 287

Enos, Chris, 142

Evans, Walker, 159, 281-83. See also Farm Security Administration

F

Farm Security Administration (FSA), 33, 40, 124,282

Fink, Larry, 140

Frank, Robert, 82, 112-13, 124, 230, 282

Friedlander, Lee, 67,178,257

Fuller, Buckminster, 252

Fundi (Billy Abernathy), 60-63, 108, 137

G

Galassi, Peter, 293n8

Gardner, Alexander, 251

Gardner, George, 100-101

Gatewood, Charles, 99-101

Geldzahler, Henry, 261-65

George Eastman House, 104-5

Gernsheim, Helmut and Alison, 206-7, 266

Gibson, Ralph, 137-40, 193,230

Godard, Jean-Luc, 302n15

Goings, Ralph, 186

Goro, Herb, 82-84

Gowin, Emmet, 137, 163-66, 206, 236-38

Gruen, John, 287

Guggenheim Foundation, 293n4

H

Hall, Edward, 177

Hall,S usan, 128-29

“Harlem on My Mind:’ 9-12, 16, 27

Hartmann, Sadakichi, vii

Hattersley, Ralph, 13, 67,206

Heinecken, Robert, 31, 41-45, 59-60

Heyman, Abigail, 178-81

Hinton, James, 22-23

Hiroshima, exhibits on, 37-39, 175-76

Hitchcock, Alfred, 302nl5

Holography, 36, 272

Hosoe, Eikoh, 176, 193

Hoving, Thomas, 9-11

Hughes, Jim, 170

Hughes, Langston, 25-26

Hujar,P eter, 300

Hyde, Scott, 29

I

International Museum of Photography at

George Eastman House, 104-5

Ishimoto, Yasuhiro, 176

Israel, Marvin, 77, 127

Ivins, William, 32, 203, 248, 297

J

Jachna, Joseph, 257

Janis, Eugenia Parry, 198-202

Japanese photographers, 174-77

Jenkins, William, 111, 200-201

John, L. R., 237-38

Jones, Leroi. See Baraka, Imamu Amiri

Joplin, Janis, 127

Josephson, Ken, 19 3,257

K

Kamoinge Workshop. See DeCarava, Roy;

Smith, Beuford

Karsh, Yousuf, 213

Kawada, Kikuji, 176

Kazin, Alfred, 294

Keaton, Buster, 302-3n 15

Kirstel, Richard, 12-13, 50-54, 193

Krims, Les, 58-60, 137,193,218,236,237,

238-42,252-57

L

Lange, Dorothea, 282-83

Language, photography and, 98-99, 177, 214, 222,242-46,283-84

Laughlin, Clarence John, 160-62, 256, 273

Lennon, John, 135

Lesy, Michael, 150-52, 258-61

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, 282

Leverant, Robert, 126

Life magazine, 134-37, 169-70

Lunn, Harry, 216-20

Lyon, Danny, 93-94

Lyons, Nathan, 104, 216-20


M-R

M

McKendry, John, 33-35

McLuhan, Marshall, 297

McMillan, Jerry, 30-31, 115

Mailer, Norman, 258

Many Are Called, 282

Martone, Michael, 171-74

Mayer, Bernadette, 98-99

Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, 193,256

Michals, Duane, 48-50, 101-2, 193,257

Minick, Roger, 39-41

Mitchel, Julio, 167-68

Mixed-media imagery, 28-31. See also

Heinecken, Robert; Nettles, Bea

Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo, 88

Moriyama, Daidoh, 174-76

Morris, Wright, 82, 242-46

Mortensen, William, 255-56

Museum of Modern Art, 286-92

Museums, relationship of photography to, 9-12, 31-35, 47-48, 157, 263-65. See also Bullard, E. John; Bunnell, Peter; Coke, Van Deren; International Museum of Photography; Szarkowski, John

Music and photography, 61-62

N

Naef, Weston, 216-17

Naitoh, Masatoshi, 177

National Endowment for the Arts, 293n4

Nauman, Bruce, 36, 117

Nettles, Bea, 105—o

Newhall, Beaumont, :5, 65, 6 , 104, 206-7, 256,266,298

Nixon, Richard, 73, I 56-57

O

Ohara, Ken, 177

On Photography, (Susan Sontag), 294-301

Owens, Don, 293-94n9

P

Palfi, Marion, 128

Papageorge, Tod, 284,293n5

Parker, William E., 8

Parks, Gordon, 21

Peck, Seymour, 283n I

Penn, Irving, 261-65

Perrault, John, 183-84, 192-93

Pfahl, John, 25 7

Photographers, older, neglect of, 265-69

Photojournalism, 21, 82-85, 128-29, 134-37, 169-71

Photo-Realist painting, 182-88, 235

Photo-Secession. See Stieglitz, Alfred

Pictorialism, 254-56

Pirone, Joe, 30-31

Plagen, Peter, x

Plagiarism, 229-38

Polaroid, 134, 191-92 , 238-42

Polk, Brigit, 191-92

Pollack, Peter, 39, 222, 266

Popper, Karl, x

Portraiture, 107, 126, 131, 177-78

Powell, Michael, 302-3nl5

Princeton University. See Bunnell, Peter

Purism, 5, 7, 96-97, 189-91, 246-57

Q

R

Racial issues, photography and, 9-12, 45-48,

128-29. See also Black photographers

Rauschenberg, Robert, 29, 183, 234-35

Ray, Man, 111, 237-38, 296

Rejlander, 0. G., 56, 254

Riefenstahl, Leni, 300

Robinson, H.P., 7-8, 56, 2 54

Rothstein, Arthur, 251. See also Farm Security

Administration

Ruscha, Ed, 113-19


S-Z

S

Samaras, Lucas, 238-42, 256

Sander, August, 77, 12 7, 2 79

Schjeldahl, Peter, 153

Schwartz, Marvin, 87

Sequential imagery, 48-50, 101-2, 137-40,

175, 193

Sey mour, Danny, 81-82, 99, 112

Sheeler, Charles, 35

Shipman, Dru, 219,294

Shore, Stephen, 264

Siskind, Aaron, 282

Smith, Aileen, 302n 11

Smith, Beuford, 107-9

Smith, Sydney, 300

Smith, W. Eugene, 14, 169-71, 3 02nl I

Snapshot aesthetic, 98-99, I 30-32, 162-63,

163-66

Society for Photographic Education, 270-79

Sontag,Susan, 178-79,205—o,233-34,294-301

Stella, Frank, 153

Stereopticon and stereographs, 253

Stieglitz, Alfred, 3, 32, 67, 96, 144-45, 195,

241-42,246-47,300,302nl2

Strand, Paul, 5-7, 96-98, 189-91, 228, 247-48, 251

Stromberg, Harvey, 73-77

Szarkowski, John, 200, 206-7, 263, 282, 286-92, 293nl, 3, 4, 8, 300; curatorial policies, 64-66, 103-4, 110-12, 158-60, 162-63, 174-75, 216-19; on Diane Arbus, 126-27

T

Tamura, Shigera, 177

Technology and materials, changes in, 271-73

Television, photography and, 13-15, 136-37,

273

Teske, Edmund, 256

Thornton, Gene, 97, 134-37

Tomatsu, Shomei, 174-76

Trentacoste, Susan, 87

Tsuchida, Hiromi, 176

Turner, Alwyn Scott, 135-36

U

Uelsmann, Jerry, 7-8, 55-58, 68, 256

V

Van DerZee, James, 16-18

Van Raay, Jan, 68-72

Vertov, Dziga, 302nl5

Vision, freedom of, 13, 50-54, 58-60, 156-58,

278-79

Visual Studies Workshop, 216-18

Von Schaick, Charles, 150-52

W

Walker, Todd, 190

Ward, John, 55, 57, 205

Warhol, Andy, 76-77, 234-35

Weegee, 124

Wells, Lyn, 29-30

Westerbeck, Colin, Jr., 2 87 ,290

Weston, 298

Weston, Edward, 62, 70, 111, 154, 189-94,

223,232-33,251,298

White, Minor, 67, 80, 176,189,206, 213-14;

Lighf, 13-14; Octave of Prayer, 140-50

Winningham, Geoff, 93-95

Winogrand, Garry, 230

Witkin, Lee, 178

Worth, Robert, 87-88

XYZ

Yevtushenko,Yevgeny, 143-44

Zulpo-Dane, William. See Dane, Bill