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Not buying the Moss legend

In the January 11 Portland Phoenix, book reviewer Charles Taylor lauds Kate Moss — the notoriously waifish model — as the "most extraordinary photographic muse of our era."
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, February 1, 2013
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 01, 2013
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Movin' on up: Greer Muldowney's photography

It's night in Greer Muldowney's photo.

By GREG COOK  |  February 01, 2013
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Frank Gohlke's New Topographics

"When that show was created, as odd as it seems now, it was extremely controversial," Frank Gohlke says of being featured in the landmark 1975 exhibit of deadpan photography, "New Topographics: Photographs of the Man-Altered Landscape" at New York's Geo

By GREG COOK  |  January 18, 2013
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Soup's On

Most cookbooks catch you with a really stellar recipe about a third of the way in — something with heft and a rustic photo to go with it, past all the stocks and appetizers.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 11, 2013
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Family album: The Addison Gallery collects Innu snapshots

In 1969, Wendy Ewald traveled to northeastern Canada to invite Innu adolescents to photograph their community.

By GREG COOK  |  December 14, 2012
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The Sartorialist, IRL

Heads up, street-style connoisseurs: this week, Scott Schuman, founder of the influential blog the Sartorialist, will finally pay a visit to the Boston area.

By RENATA CERTO-WARE  |  December 07, 2012


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Review: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Photographer Gregory Crewdson makes pictures that do everything a movie does except move.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2012
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Shots seen 'round the world

"Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation," the Worcester Art Museum's riveting survey of iconic news photos from the election of John F. Kennedy to the resignation of Richard Nixon, is one of the most depressing shows I've ever seen.

By GREG COOK  |  November 09, 2012
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Graveyard of modernism

Iraq's King Faisal II launched plans to modernize Baghdad in 1950 by commissioning a dream team of American and European architects.

By GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2012
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Elsa at 75: The Cambridge photographer looks back

Elsa Dorfman, now 75, is the most unassuming of Cambridge literary/art-world legends.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 19, 2012


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SLIDESHOW: Mario Testino's ''In Your Face'' exhibit at the MFA

October 21, 2012 – February 3, 2013
October 21, 2012 – February 3, 2013
By MARIO TESTINO  |  October 19, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Photos from ''Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal''

Photos from Elsa Dorfman's 1974 book, featuring portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Elsa herself.

By ELSA DORFMAN  |  October 19, 2012
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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012
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Bunny Yeager’s naked ambition

Pin-up photography has served so many purposes — outlet for male desire; outlet for feminist ire; retro kitsch emblem — that it has barely been talked about as photography.
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By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  October 05, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Bunny Yeager's Darkroom: Pin-up Photography's Golden Era

A selection of photos from Bunny Yeager's Darkroom: Pin-up Photography's Golden Era .

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 05, 2012


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Crazy lids

Except for winter knit hats and baseball caps, it can seem like hardly anybody wears hats any more.

By GREG COOK  |  September 28, 2012
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Bitner's bits

Since 2007, Rhona Bitner has traveled across the country photographing the hallowed halls of rock and roll — from drums and mics set up in the Electric Lady Studios that Jimi Hendrix built in New York to LA's Whisky A Go Go, where the Doors were once th
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By GREG COOK  |  September 21, 2012
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Ain't that America

The bad news of this season is that the sharp-eyed folks behind R.K. Projects will be closing up shop in November after their fall exhibits, which include a group of Providence psychedelics and site-specific installations in Pawtucket (461 Main St from O
Sassy signs, obsessive patterns, and more
By GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: ''Ori Gersht: History Repeating''

''Ori Gersht: History Repeating'' | Through January 6, 2013 | Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Through January 6, 2013 | Museum of Fine Arts Boston
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 07, 2012
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P.E.M. misses Ansel Adams's big picture

In the last gallery of "Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge" (at the Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, through October 8 on their site) hang three impressively giant photographs.
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By GREG COOK  |  June 15, 2012


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SLIDESHOW: Ansel Adams at the Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum exhibitis photography by Ansel Adams from June 9, 2012 through October 8, 2012.
"At the water's edge" | June 9, 2012 – October 8, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 15, 2012
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Photos: Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman at the Paradise Rock Club

Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman played the Paradise Rock Club on June 3, 2012.
 Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman | Paradise Rock Club | June 3, 2012
By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  June 08, 2012
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Markham Starr’s ‘In History’s Wake’; and Linda Nagaoka

Living here near the coast, commercial fishing is never far away, but it can seem otherworldly, like an old romantic myth that surprisingly turns out to still be true.
The seafaring life
By GREG COOK  |  June 08, 2012
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Review: Goodbye First Love

The autobiographical third feature from French director Mia Hansen-Løve limns the ecstasy and tumult of youthful, sometimes self-destructive passion.
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By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  May 11, 2012
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Photography ‘In Character’ at the Addison

Photography is always seducing us with its whispered promise that what you see is what you get.
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By GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2012


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The General Assembly’s State of the Union series

Don't worry, we ain't talking politics here.
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By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 06, 2012
Shapeshifting totems

The Peabody Essex explores Native America

The Cree artist plays his drag show for laughs, but underlying it are serious questions about white genocide of Native American societies, about the stereotyping of Natives, and about gays in America, as well as Native American society.
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By GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2012
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Portland sends art to our Greek ‘sister’

Greece may not be the recipient of the most fortunate news lately, but a remarkable new collaborative venture by local artists might send a little sunshine to the troubled Mediterranean land.
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By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 23, 2012
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Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring

"I figured," Alex Katz said of his paintings of his wife Ada in 1969, "well, if I get Ada right, if you only get one person right— if you get a woman or a man right — it's universal."
Photo shops
By GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2012