Additional Readings

Henry Horenstein: Black & White Photography: A Basic Manual

Henri Cartier Bresson: The Decisive Moment

William Henry Fox Talbot: Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art

John Berger: Understanding a Photograph

John Szarkowski: The Photographer's Eye

Lewis Hine: Social Photography

Martha Rosler: In Around and Afterthoughts (on Documentary Photography)

Mary Street Alinder: Group F.64 - Imogen Cunningham

Mary Street Alinder: Group F.64 - The Way of Stieglitz, A Tale of Two Galleries, & The Enemy Moretensen

Peder Lund: Andre Kertesz

Jay Maisel: Light, Gesture, and Color

John Raeburn: Seeing California with Edward Weston

Barbara Marcoń: Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the Eye of the Camera

Vicki Goldberg: Ansel Adams in a New Light (PDF Version)

Allison Meier: How Photographs Have Shaped Our View of the National Parks

Mary Street Alinder: Group F.64

Susan Sontag: In Plato’s Cave: from "On Photography"

Hito Steyerl: In Defense of the Poor Image

Dayanita Singh: Photo Fiction

Michael Bonfigli: How one Photojournalist Found an Unexpected Way to Process Trauma

Farah Hesdin: The Issue of Consent in Photojournalism

Polly Markandya @ Polis Summer School 2015

Michael Crouser Videos: 1 // 2 // 3

Tabitha Soren: 1 // 2

Edward and Charis Weston: California and the West

Robin Kelsey: Timothy O’Sullivan’s Photographs for the Wheeler Survey

Art Agenda Review: Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s ‘The Conditions”

Rediscovering America with Anne Wilkes Tucker

How Graciela Iturbide Became One of Mexico’s Greatest Photographers

Carlos Monsivais: Form and Memory (Graciela Iturbide)

Keith Carter: Fireflies

Adam McCauley: Vietnam War Images, Photosynthesized

David Emitt Adams: Lenscratch. The States Project: Arizona

Ansel Adams: The Print

Lev Manovich: Watching the World

Lia Gangitano: Boston School

Kelly Dennis: Landscape and the West – Irony and Critique in New Topographic Photography

Jack Kerouac: Introduction to Robert Frank's 'The Americans'

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Stop Time

Sally Mann's Exposure (warning: discussion of pedophilia and images containing child nudity)

Magda Biernat: Adrift

Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Mastering the Power of Three (mild nudity warning)

Richard B. Woodward: ‘Ansel Adams in Our Time’ Review: Reconsidering a Mountainous Career

Judy Dater: On Vaginas and Earthworks (nudity warning)

Making it Count: An Interview with Mike Brodie (nudity, violence, drug use warning)

Jim Dow: Food Trucks

Jim Dow: Marking the Land

Jeff Brouws: Highway Landscape

Robert Adams: Beauty in Photography

Natasha Geiling: The Day Winston Churchill Lost His Cigar

Jonathan Griffin: Out of the Light, Into the Shadows

Robert Adams: Why People Photograph

Vicki Goldberg: Sally Mann's Haunted South // PDF

Peter Malone: Why Irving Penn’s Portraits Are His Most Compelling Photographs

Teju Cole: Take a Photo Here

Anne Brigman: A Pioneering Photographer of Nude Self Portraits

Beate Gütschow: a Conversation

Art and Fear: David Bayles & Ted Orland

Bryan Schutmaat Interview

Interveiw with Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself

The Kodak Colorama

Dark Light Film

Being Women: Poetry and Imagery

Karen Rosenberg: Landscapes Framed by a Chevy (Lee Friedlander)

Christopher James: Cyanotype

Maaike Van Stratum: Toning Cyanotypes

Christopher James: Salt Print

Christopher James: Platinum & Palladium

Laura Blacklow: Platinum & Palladium


19th Century

Anna Atkins

William Henry Fox Talbot

Carleton Watkins

Eadweard Muybridge

Lewis Hine

Nicéphore Niépce

Mathew Brady

William H. Bell

William Henry Jackson

20th Century


Margaret Bourke-White

Yousuf Karsh

Robert Frank

Irving Penn

Andre Kertesz

Lorna Simpson

Ana Mendieta (nudity warning)

Magdalena Campos-Pons

Carie Mae Weems

Sage Sohier

Arnold Newman

Cindy Sherman

Nan Goldin - (nudity, violence, drug warning)

Nan Goldin on Julia Margaret Cameron

Kurt Markus

David Michael Kennedy

Duane Michaels

Norman Mauskopf (nudity warning)

Arno Rafael Minkkinen (nudity warning)

Peter Cohen Collection


Ansel Adams

Edward Weston

Imogen Cunningham

Sonya Noskowiak

Mark Klett- Yosemite in Time

Jerry Uelsmann // Interview

The New Topographics

William Clift

Mark Ruwedel


The Farm Security Administration Photographers

Dorothea Lange

Walker Evans

Lee Friedlander

Vivian Maier

Ray Metzker

Sebastião Salgado

Eugene Atget

Henri Cartier-Bresson


Man Ray- Rayograph

Alfred Stieglitz

Tina Modotti

Alison Rossiter -  Revive

Graciela Iturbide

Joyce Tenneson

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Harold Edgerton - The Man Who Froze Time

William Eggleston

Keith Carter (nudity warning) // Video

Philip-Lorca diCorcia (nudity warning)

Jay Maisel

Consuelo Kanaga

Alma Lavenson

21st Century


Todd Gray

Haley Morris-Cafiero

David O. Alekhuogie

Hank Willis Thomas

Devinn Morris (police violence warning)

Michael A. McCoy

Dona Schwartz (nudity warning)

Catherine Opie

Andrea Modica

Trent Davis Bailey

Hannah Bates

Laura Beth Reese

Rai Yamada

Endia Beal // Text // Text

John Edmonds

Alicia Rodriguez Alvisa

Julie Blackmon

Claire Beckett

David Hilliard (nudity warning)

Will Wilson

Mikael Owunna


Linda Bournane

Kelli Connell


Barbara Bosworth

Beate Gütschow

Bryan Schutmaat

Clifford Ross- Landscape Seen and Imagined

Corinne Vionnet

Chris Engman

Mark Dorf

Stuart Klipper

David Emitt Adams

Yang Yongliang

Laura McPhee

Meghan Riepenhoff

Chris Jordan

Documentary / Photojournalism

Her Take: (Re)Thinking Masculinity BY THE SEVEN OF VII

Nichole Sobecki

Habiba Nowrose

Mark Kauzlarich: The McFarthest Place

Sebastião Salgado

Poulomi Basu

Ami Vitale

Mike Brodie (graphic content warning)

Ed Kashi

Carlan Tapp

Nevada Wier

Ryuji Miyamoto


Doug and Mike Starn

Susan Burnstine

Cig Harvey

Aline Smithson

Nina Katchadourian

Tabitha Soren

Shana and Robert ParkeHarrison

Michael Crouser

Jason Lazarus - Heinecken Studies

Colette Campbell-Jones

Todd Hido Portfolio Site // Text // Text

Alec Soth // Text

Synchrodogs- (nudity warning)

Gregory Crewdson

DM Witman // Text

Stephen Gill

Jeff Wall

Barbara Gallucci

Christina Blackwood (nudity warning)

David Shannon-Lier

Ragnar Kjartansson

Amy Stein - Domesticated

Laurel Nakadate

Camilo Ramirez

Jose Davila

Preston Utley

Amanda B King

Matthew Brandt

Trevor Paglen


Michael Clark

David Robin

Josh Withers

Petra Collins