Critique

 

Critique is the regular Eye column by Rick Poynor.

 
Defiance and revelation

Defiance and revelation

Rick Poynor

A new book of Peter Kennard’s work adds context and background detail to his angry, radical…

 
Banquet of images

Banquet of images

Rick Poynor

For its 50th anniversary, the Arles festival stages a
generous array of contemporary and historical…

 
Nature in captivity

Nature in captivity

Rick Poynor

Luigi Ghirri’s rigorously composed pictures of 
plants outside people’s homes exercise a banal…

 
A confederacy of lunches

A confederacy of lunches

Rick Poynor

A text-only book argues that ‘social’ photography is more about self-documentation than aesthetics. By…

 
Posters for the people

Posters for the people

Rick Poynor

Photographs by the Polish designer Wojciech Zamecznik investigate the use of posters as public…

 
Catalogue of things

Catalogue of things

Rick Poynor

A close relative’s colour slides show a densely layered record of everyday life. Photo Critique by Rick…

 
From out of the blue

From out of the blue

Rick Poynor

Volume one of Anna Atkins’ beautiful study of British algae, issued in 1843, was the first ever…

 
Awkward objects

Awkward objects

Rick Poynor

The tradition of the painted still life has been reinvented by contemporary photographers with pictures…

 
Streets without people

Streets without people

Rick Poynor

Emigre’s Rudy VanderLans explores the clotted terrain of Tokyo’s Shibuya and Shinjuku districts with the…

 
Hole in the head

Hole in the head

Rick Poynor

An artful book of deliberately torn, anonymous photographs from the Cold War era leaves many questions…

 
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