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Boston in the '70s: Part One

Photos of Chinatown from the Boston Phoenix archives
Chinatown in the '70s
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 24, 2009

Water world

Surfing photos in Salem, new talent at PRC
What's the difference between art photography and fashion photography? That's the question I kept wondering about at Joni Sternbach's "SurfLand" exhibition at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
By GREG COOK  |  June 09, 2009

Make a run for the border

Edward Weston in Mexico, plus modern Mexican prints
In August 1923, photographer Edward Weston left his wife and three of his four sons in Los Angeles and headed to Mexico City.
By GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2009

Viva Modernism

'Vida y Drama: Modern Mexican Prints' and 'Viva Mexico!: Edward Weston and his Contemporaries' at the MFA
Long before the threat of swine flu, Mexico was the scene of an outbreak of a very different kind: Modernism.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 12, 2009

Boston exposures

Photography by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson
Photographer Nicholas Nixon of Brookline first burst onto the scene in the show "New Topographics."
By GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2009

Review: Everlasting Moments

Can a camera help mom hold it together?
You wonder how this effort — Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick in its original Swedisagh title — failed to get even a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2009

Lows, highs, and middles

A mixed bag at the RISD Museum
Yousuf Karsh is one of the giants of portrait photography.
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009

Digital language at the PRC

"Syntax," at Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
How important would you say Ansel Adams is to the modern trends of digital art? If your first inclination is to answer, "Not at all," you're probably right.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 11, 2009

Noir film

Jerry Berndt and Eugene Richards: The inescapable romance of decay
Fatalism and depression are consequences of life, not goals. Cheer up and don't let this dust-to-dust business slow you down.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 03, 2009

Portland music news: January 23, 2009

We know everyone's geeked up about that big rock photography exhibit at the PMA, but be sure also to check out an exhibit of local-rock photos by John Fahnley
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  January 21, 2009

Review: ''Backstage Pass'' at the PMA

Nothing new — and that's not a bad thing
The half-century chronology covered by the Portland Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "Backstage Pass," reveals in photographic portraiture a story of music that is a euphemism for the ultimate creative act. Like sex, rock-and-roll is about surrender to the present moment.
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 26, 2009

Power rangers

Photographers roam the electric grid
Adam Ryder was fascinated, he said, by long-distance, high-tension power lines and their scruffy right-of-ways.
By GREG COOK  |  January 21, 2009

Year in pictures

Imagery 2008
Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Never Say Smile

Annie Leibovitz highlights her career
Could there be anyone cooler to have for a photography teacher than Annie Leibovitz?
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  November 19, 2008

Exploring Providence's real underground

Photographer Peter Goldberg documents the subterranean world of the Combined Sewage Overflow project
Photographer Peter Goldberg documents the subterranean world of the Combined Sewage Overflow project
By  |  November 13, 2008

Photos: One Night In Boston

Twelve photographers go on a 10-hour shooting spree
From the pages of our sister magazine Stuff@Night: excerpts from "One Night In Boston," an issue-length photo essay covering nightlife in the metro Boston area.
By Stuff At Night  |  August 16, 2008

Road trips

Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008

Looking directly

Seeing what summer has to offer
OK, summer’s here and it’s time to please the visitors.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 18, 2008

Toy stories

In the galleries, artists keep their distance
Tokyo photographer Noaki Honjo turns Japanese metropolises into adorable li’l things.
By GREG COOK  |  May 28, 2008

Journey to the surface of the Earth

Landscape anew at Mass MoCA, ‘Exposure’ at the PRC, Dana Clancy at the Danforth, and grouped figures at GASP
Looking at the landscape brings out the artist in everyone.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 13, 2008

Don’t leave me this way

Botanical Forms at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, Carroll Dunham and more at the Addison, and Renzo Piano at the Fogg
Leaves lead a wild life, and each leaf’s physical structure reflects both its individual biography — revealing the pathways, for example, of insects that have eaten their way across a leaf’s surface.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 06, 2008

More police, less Harvard

Freedom watch
The Harvard Crimson reported this week the arrest of two non-student demonstrators at a student-organized protest in front of Holyoke Center.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 16, 2008

Gallery Lucida

Three approaches to photography at Whitney Art Works
Whitney Art Works for the next few days hosts the work of three Portland photographers exhibiting entirely different but complementary approaches.
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 27, 2008

Lighting up

Moyra Davey at the Fogg, ‘Two or Three Things I Know about Her’ at the Carpenter Center, and Arno Rafael Minkkinen at BU
Poor Abraham Lincoln.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 19, 2008

Scenes from childhood

The DeCordova’s classic kids photos, plus Pixnit’s graffiti, and Malcolm X
His head is bowed and his eyes are closed. It was three days before he was gunned down at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom.
By GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2008

Foreign correspondence

Central European videos and more at URI
Guest curator Viera Levitt avoids the usual scenes of dreary apartment blocks and industrial sites of Europe’s former communist countries.
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2008

Time is on my side

David Claerbout at MIT, Children at the DeCordova, Kabuki Theater at the Peabody Essex, and more
We tend to take the passage of time for granted, reconciling such disparate experiences as 10 minutes spent rushing through lunch and 10 minutes spent waiting for a bus.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 29, 2008

Strip club

Underwear underground
Do not show up unless you plan to take your pants off. This includes media.
By IAN SANDS  |  January 16, 2008

Unguarded glamour

The Queens' Queen
In the formative days of her photography career, Kelly Davidson snapped portraits of dolls, and she took it seriously.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 09, 2008

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