Critique

 

Critique (established 1999) is the regular Eye column by Rick Poynor.

 
Los Angeles’ lost palace of treasures

Los Angeles’ lost palace of treasures

Rick Poynor

Using photographic evidence, designer Mark Nelson has reconstructed one of the great twentieth-century…

 
Heroes of wealth and power

Heroes of wealth and power

Rick Poynor

An essay published in Mack’s new ‘Discourse’ series accuses three prominent photographers of creating…

 
Godard becomes ‘Godard’

Godard becomes ‘Godard’

Rick Poynor

In 1961, the new wave director posed for a German fashion photographer. The publicity pictures that…

 
Palaces of petroleum

Palaces of petroleum

Rick Poynor

The adventurous design of a 1960 book promoting Australia’s fossil fuel industry offers a poignant…

 
The haunted shore

The haunted shore

Rick Poynor

Images of spectral sea-bathers haunt the light-filled pages of Nigel Grierson’s self-published…

 
Netherworld of crime

Netherworld of crime

Rick Poynor

A new book expands upon an impressionistic photo-essay about crime by Gordon Parks, including images not…

 
Recolouring the past

Recolouring the past

Rick Poynor

At a time when image falsification is a source of concern, the digital colourisation of documentary…

 
Instant object of desire

Instant object of desire

Rick Poynor

A Polaroid photo’s aura of ephemeral uniqueness lies in its small white frame and supercharged surface.…

 
Whiteness made strange

Whiteness made strange

Rick Poynor

A brave, if flawed book of artists’ photographs addresses racism through the lens of white privilege.…

 
Scalpel sharp

Scalpel sharp

Rick Poynor

A UK retrospective examines the explosive photomontages of feminist artist Linder, from the shock of her…

 
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