Padley, Gemma

Look at this if you love great photography

Padley, G. (2021) Look at this if you love great photography. London: Ivy Press

Herb List, Goldfish Bowl, Santorini, Greece, 1937

While Padley’s book undoubtedly contains some notable photographs, some of which I had not encountered before, particularly the two shown here, she is, in my view, too swift and eager to ascribe a depth and heft to many of them that they do not merit. It is worth a look, though.

Gjon Mili, Triple Exposure of Pablo Picasso Drawing with Light, 1949

Nothing need be said about the metaphorical implications of constraint and freedom and tides implicit in List’s juxtaposition of a fish in a bowl of water and the open body of water in the background.

Mili’s image works as an expression of the artist’s talent and a subversion of the instantineity that is at once a virtue and failing of the medium.



Diana Markosian, Holding a Cane in his Right Hand, Movses Haneshyan, 105, Slowly Approaches a Life-size Landscape, 2015
Julia Margaret Cameron, Mnemosyne (Memory ), 1868

Discussing Diana Markosian’s image at left, depicting Movses Haneshyan a centenarian survivor of the Armenian Genocide, Padley cites a Geoffrey Batchen essay of 2004, Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance, where he

[notes] that English photographer Julia Margaret Cameron’s portrait Mnemosyne or Memory (1868), seems to suggest that ‘photography itself is an art of memory’.

Padley, 2021, p.82

That might be useful.
There’s a Guardian article here.

Walker Evans, Washroom in the Dog Run of Floyd Burroughs’ Home, Hale County, Alabama, 1936

Discussing Evans’ Washroom… (of which there seem to be several versions with different crops), Padley quotes illes Mora,

rather than arranging the composition, the photographer’s job, as [Evans] saw it, was to centre the existing configuration of visual surfaces offering themselves up to the eye – something that was already composed and had its own order.

Padley, 2021, p.153

Wolfgang Tillmans, Palm tree, sun burst, 2015

On a similar theme, Tillmans’ Palm tree, sun burst, Padley comments,

It is no that he goes out of his way to make pictures that are ‘random and everyday’, as he told The Guardian in 2017; rather his images are ‘calls to attentiveness’.

Padley, 2021, p.172

Here’s a Guardian Tillmans piece. There are several.

John Divola Zuma 25, 1978

Divola’s Zuma 25, 1978 is include because of his quote on the sublime – that’s a notion that comes up in LP&E.

As Divola told the Los Angeles Times in 2013: ‘You can’t photograph the sublime, you can only traffic in the specific and its relationship to the symbolic.’

Padley, 2021, p.172


1 Breaking the Rules

2 Photos That Make You Look Twice

3 A Punch in the Gut

4 Reflecting on Who We Are

5 Flirting with Other Art Forms

6 Photos That Could Be Dreams

7 Reappraising the Everyday

8 Colour is King

9 A Wonderful World

10 Capturing What the Eye Can’t See

Index A-C


Abbott, Edwin A. 108

Adams, Ansel, The Tetons and the Snake Riuer, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 178-9

Aftenposten 55

Agence France-Presse 63

Aperture 195

Armstrong, Neil 77

Arnold, Eve, A Mother Holds Her Child’s Hand, Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York, USA 10-11

Arthur, Olivia, Watching TV at Home 20-1

Al-Assad, President Bashor 63

Associated Press (AP) 55, 63,206

Atkins, Anna 198


Baba Yoga 185

Bachelard, Gaston 198

Bailey, David 163

Baldessari, John 102

Barbieri, Olivo, Alps Geographies and People #5 182-4

Batchen, Geoffrey 82

Belinda 127

Bendiksen, Jonas, Russia, Altai Territory 116-17

Benjamin, Walter 218

Bilibin, Ivan 185

Black, Matt, Farmworker Camp, Alpaugh, California 18-19

Brancusi, Constantin 33

Brown, Mick 181

Buffalo Courier-Express 208

Burberry 30


Cameron, Julia Margaret 82, 127

Campany, David 39

Campbell, Greg 59

Copa, Robert 71, 206

Death of a Loyalist Militiaman 204-5

Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da 87

Chang, Phil, Replacement Ink for Epson Printers (Black 172203) on Epson Premium Luster Paper 34-5

Church, Frederic Edwin 181

Cockburn, Julie, It’s

Complicated 210-1

Cole, Thomas 181

Collett Dickenson & Pearce 163

Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille 50

Costa, Guido 19

Cotton, Charlotte 34

Crewdson, Gregory, Untitled 128-9



Davison, Jack, Untitled 30-1

De Wilde, Sonne, Untitled #2


Demir, Nilufer, Alan Kurdi 72-3

Divola, John, Zuma #25


Dogan News Agency 73

Donovan, Terence 163

Drake, Carolyn, Hotel Room,

Zhetisay, Kazakhstan


Drew, Richard, Falling Man


Duffy, Birdcage 162-3

Dyer, Geoff 139


Edgerton, Harold 217, 218

Eggleston, William 102

Erwitt, Elliott, New York, New

York 40-1

Evans, Walker 161

Washroom in the Dog Run of

Floyd Burroughs’s Home, Hale

County, Alabama 152-3


Fantin-Latour, Henri 218

Farm Security Administration

(FSA) 93, 153

Feininger, Andreas 78

Floyd, George 69

Foucault, Michel 22

Fox, Anna, Hampshire Village

Pram Race 46-7

Fox, James 93

Frank, Robert 102


Gersht, Ori, Blow Up: Untitled

No. 19 218-19

Gerster, Georg, Watering Place, Western Australia 188-9

Gesicka, Weronika, Untitled #52 42-3

Giacomelli, Mario 161

Gilligan, Thomas 69

Giuliani, Rudy 51

Gordon, Daniel, Still Life with Fruit and Ficus 96-7

Gowin, Emmet, Nancy, Danuille, Virginia 32-3

Graham, Paul, Roundabout, Andersonstown, Belfast 144-5

Grain Projects 134

Gruyaert, Harry, Baie de Somme, Fort Mahon, France 166-8

Guille 127


Haas, Ernst, Mardi Gras Costume, New Orleans 28-9

Halpern, Gregory, North and South Carolina, USA 118-19

Haneshyan, Movses 82

Harris, Melissa 195

Harvey-Regan, Darren, The Halt 106-7

Hassan, Samar 58-9

Hatakeyama, Naoya, Blast #05707A 202-3

Haworth-Booth, Mark 197

Hayes-Watkins, Suki 101

Heitmann, Nanna, Minusinsk, Yenisei River, Russia 185-7

Hermes 30

Hetherington, Tim, A Soldier from 2nd Platoon Rests at the End of a Day of Heauy Fighting at the ‘Restrepo’ Outpost, Korengal Valley, Afghanistan 70-1

Hilliard, John, Off Screen (3), Large Study 12-13

Hitchcock, Alfred 129

Holmes, Oliver Wendell 82

Hondros, Chris 71

Iraqi Girl at Checkpoint 58-9

Hopper, Edward 129

Horst, Horst P., Dinner Suit and Headdress by Schiaparelli 164-5

Howell, Margaret 30

Hubble Space Telescope 124-5

Hughes, Hannah, Mirror Image #33108-9

Huro, Sohrab, The Crow that Escaped, India 132-3

Hussein, Saddam 50






Kurdi, Alan 72-3

Kurdi, Galip 73


Lartigue, Jacques Henri, My Cousin, Bichonnade, Paris 212-13

Le Gray, Gustave 168

Leiter, Saul, Taxi 176-7

Liberation 63

LI FE 11, 111, 217

List, Herbert, Goldfish Bowl, Santorini, Greece 78-9

Los Angeles Times 193

Lovelace, Tom, In Preparation No. 09104-5

Lowry, L. S. 168

Lumiere, Auguste and Louis 115

Lynch, David 129



Maclean, John, Hometown of John Baldessari, National City, California 102-3

Maddock, Robin, LA/111/2012 214-15

Magnum Photos 11, 77, 133, 191

Majoli, Alex, Scene #1633 64

Manet, Edouard 39

Mann, Alice, Dr Van Der Ross Drummies, Cape Town, South Africa 25-7

Mann, Sally, Georgia, Untitled (Kudzu) 120-1

Manos, Constantine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA 174-5

Markosian, Diana, Holding a Cane in his Right Hand, Mouses Haneshyan, 105, Slowly Approaches a Life-size Landscape 80-2

Marlow, Peter, Room of Kosouan Asylum Seeker Mehdi Saliuku, Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate 140

Maroon tribe 37

Martins, Edgar, Sometimes the Right Stuff is in Fact the Wrong Stuff 134-5

Meiselas, Susan, Shortie on the Bally, Barton, Vermont, USA 44-5

Meyerowitz, Joel View of the Site from the World Financial Center, Looking East, New York City 51-3

Middel, Cristina de, Hamba 76-7

Mili, Gjon, Triple Exposure of Pablo Picasso Drawing with Light 216-17

Millais, John Everett 129

Miller, Mary Margaret 206, 208

Misrach, Richard, Untitled 194-5

Mitchell, Peter, Untitled (Note 39) 138-9

Moken tribe 74-5

Monet, Claude 115

Monroe, Marilyn 11, 111

Moore, David, from Pictures from the Real World 150-1

Mora, Gilles 153

Morisot, Berthe 115

Mourant, Alexander, Blue Tree 198-9

Muholi, Zanele, Ntozkhe II Parktown 94-5

Muniz, Vik, Action Photo, after Hans Namuth 110-11

Muybridge, Eadweard 216, 218 Plate 755, Pigeon Flying 210-11


NASA, Pillars of Creation 124-5

Neer, Aert van der 197

Nesterov, Mikhail Vasilyevich 185

New American Color Photography 47

The New York Times 94

The New York Times Magazine 30

Nissen, Mods 86-7

Nkoloso, Edward Makuka 77

Norfolk, Simon, North Gate of Baghdad (After Corot) 48-50


O’Hagan, Sean 98

Olson, Brandon 71

Orozco, Gabriel 102

Octopus 146-7


Parke, Trent, Fiue-year-o/d Little

Jack Watches ‘The Simpsons’

on Teleuision in a Carauan in

Cairns, Australia 130-1

Parks, Gordon, American Gothic,

Washington, D. C. 92-3

Parr, Martin 76

A Couple in a Cafe, New

Brighton, England 142-3

Picasso, Pablo 217

Pilston, Tom, A Ranger Strokes

a Young Rhino Orphaned by

Poachers 56-7

Pissarro, Camille 50

Politiken 87

Pollock, Jackson 111

Pousette-Dart, Richard 177

Powell, James 69

Power, Mark, View From the

Bridge, Icebreaker ‘Fennica’, Bay

of Bothnia, Finland 190-1

Price, Hannah, Hasan, West

Philly 16-17

Pulitzer Prize 83, 201



Ray-Jones, Tony, Glyndebourne 90-1

Reed, Eli, Homeless Mother with Children, St Louis, Missouri 83-5

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste 115

Restrepo, Private Juan

Sebastian 71

Roemers, Martin, Soviet Army Hospital, Jiiterbog, former East Germany 148-9

Ruscha, Ed 102



Soman, Moises, Displaced Yazidi Man and his Daughters, Fish-Khabur, Iraq, 10 August, 2014 66-7

Sanguinetti, Alessandra, The Madonna, Buenos Aires, Argentina 126-7

Saramacca tribe 37

Sassen, Viviane, Sling, Suriname 36-7

Schiaparelli, Elsa 165

Schuman, Aaron 102

Searle, Adrian 129

Silvy, Camille, Riuer Scene,

France 196-7

Somayyeh 88-9

Sorgi, I. Russell 206

Suicide, Buffalo 208-9

Soth, Alec, USA/Canada, Falls 34 180-1

Steichen, Edward, The Pond – Moonrise 112-13

Stieglitz, Alfred 113, 115

Stubblefield, Thomas 208

Szarkowski, John 161


Talbot, William Henry Fox 161

Talmor, Dafna, Untitled (1212-2) 22-4

Tavakolian, Newsha, Portrait of

Somayyeh 88-9

Testa, Andrew, Moken Child

Fishing 74-5

Thatcher, Margaret 151

Tillmans, Wolfgang, Palm tree, sun burst 172-3

TIME 61, 63

Tomasevic, Goran, Syrian Rebels Dodge Debris 200-1

Turnage, William 179


Ueda, Shoji, Cloud 14-15

unknown photographer, Terrified African American Girls Flee Police Officers During a Race Riot in the Bedford- Stuyuesant Neighbourhood of Brooklyn 68-9

Ut, Nick (Huynh Cong Ut), The Terror of War 54-5


Van Gogh, Vincent 111

Vanity Fair 71

Vitturi, Lorenzo, Green Stripes #198-9

Vogue 30, 165


Wain, Christopher 55

Wall, Jeff, Picture for Women


Washington Post 73

Watson, Ella 93

Webb, Alex, Grenada. Gouyaue. Bar 156-7

Wedgwood, Shannon Jensen, Makka Ka/far, Age 7, Walked Many Weeks From Igor 154-5

Wood, Grant 93

World Press Photo of the Year 71, 87

Wright, Terence 208

Wrighton, Bruce, Glenwood

Diner, Binghamton, NY 158-9