Reading List: Writing on Photography
A reading list of writing on photography from Burnaway’s archives compiled by the magazine’s editors.
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.
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.
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.
April 26, 2019
Susan Mackey considers the starkly different approaches to depicting the Southern landscape pursued by photographers Clarence John Laughlin and Dawoud Bey.
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.
August 27, 2019
Jasmine Amussen reminisces about skateboarding and uncovers tender moments in Tyler Mitchell’s early photos of young suburban skaters.
December 26, 2019
Margaret Jane Joffrion sees a balance between violence and tenderness in images of a hog killing in Kentucky in 1979.
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.
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.