Author Archives: Richard B. Woodward

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Disaster Photography: When Is Documentary Exploitation?

Photographers who produce spectacular images of Detroit, Chernobyl, and other ravaged areas have sparked disagreements whether they are exploiting others’ misfortune—or just covering the bad news Read More

Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy exemplify comic grossness in their multimedia piece Caribbean Pirates, 2005.
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When Bad Is Good

Artworks that mimic soft porn, showcase embalmed animals, mock the Pope, and otherwise offend propriety are filling auctions, museums, and galleries. Is there anything left to be upset about? Read More

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Planned Obsolescence

Relentlessly devoted to the antiquated medium of film, Tacita Dean chronicles misbegotten journeys, elderly relatives, and obscure moments in great artists’ lives Read More

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Theater of Combat

With images of carnage a constant presence, artists and photojournalists are looking at war and devastation from a studied distance. Read More

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Altered States

As the end of black-and-white printing signals a transformation in the practice of photography, the medium itself is more popular than ever. Read More

Two ladies at the Automat, N.Y.C. 1966. COURTESY SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ©1980 ESTATE OF DIANE ARBUS, LLC
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Shooting from the Hip

The first Diane Arbus retrospective in three decades presents a portrait of a woman warrior who constantly exposed herself to physical and psychic risk, sought out marginal as well as celebrated people, and recorded her times with the urgency of a photojournalist in the midst of a war. Read More