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Reading List: Writing on Photography

Sarah Hobbs, Emotive, Methodical, 2018.

A reading list of writing on photography from Burnaway’s archives compiled by the magazine’s editors.

Documentary Art as Southern Allegory

October 12, 2018

The late photographer Diego Camposeco makes a case for understanding documentary photography, a genre pioneered in the American South, as an allegorical form for representing life on the margins of society.

You’re Not from Around Here: Mike Smith in East Tennessee

December 21, 2018

Diana C. Stoll profiles photographer Mike Smith, who has spent nearly the past forty years documenting the strangeness, poverty, grace, and pain of his adopted home in East Tennessee.

Everything and Nothing You Need: Sarah Hobbs at Hathaway Gallery, Atlanta

April 11, 2019

Claire E. Dempster reviews an exhibition by Atlanta-based artist Sarah Hobbs, who has been creating complex psychological installations for her photographs for the last decade.

In the Dark: Clarence John Laughlin and Dawoud Bey

April 26, 2019

Susan Mackey considers the starkly different approaches to depicting the Southern landscape pursued by photographers Clarence John Laughlin and Dawoud Bey.

There Are No Shadows Here: The Perfect Moment at 30

August 26, 2019

Ade J. Omotosho reflects on the history of the Black male nude, tracing the fraught influence of Robert Mapplethorpe on generations of queer photographers.

Sweet, Tender Hooligan: The Utopian Aesthetics of Skateboarding

August 27, 2019

Jasmine Amussen reminisces about skateboarding and uncovers tender moments in Tyler Mitchell’s early photos of young suburban skaters.

Clean Hands: Tanya Amyx Berry’s For the Hog Killing, 1979

December 26, 2019

Margaret Jane Joffrion sees a balance between violence and tenderness in images of a hog killing in Kentucky in 1979.

Dodge & Burn: The Photographic Interventions of Kelly Kristin Jones

March 11, 2020

Erin Jane Nelson unpacks artist Kelly Kristin Jones’s subversive deployments of digital photo-editing techniques upon the landscape and collective visual memory.

The Darkroom in the Attic: Blackness and Visibility

June 29, 2020

Kristina Kay Robinson challenges theoretical understandings of photography and discusses the potential for a different, distinctly Black form of image-making in the work of Torkwase Dyson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and others.

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