The French, the Holocaust and Sarah’s Key (2011)

REMEMBERING SARAH The deportation of French Jews to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps raises questions similar to those asked of the Germans—how could such supposedly “civilized” peoples enter into a cold-blooded program of mass extermination?  Sarah’s...

Art and Technology in Paper Photography

PAPER: THE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC METHOD Artists and Photography The Directorial Mode From the beginning, paper and plate had vied for being the appropriate support for a photographic image. It was by a mere series of chances that the daguerreotype gained ascendancy over...

The Daguerrotype Revolution

THE DAGUERROTYPE AND PORTRAITURE Daguerreotypomania  “Readiness” for Photography, Part Two In 1989 the French photographer, Gisèle Freund wrote Photography and Society in which she attempted to explain the role of photography in mid-nineteenth century...

Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

WITH WERNER HERZOG  IN “THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS” Thirty thousand years ago.  This is when art began.  Chauvet Cave. This is where art began.  Southern France near the Pont d-arc formation.  This is where the first art was made.  This is the oldest and...

Hippolyte Bayard (1801-1887)

HIPPOLYTE  BAYARD (1801-1887) Another Inventor, Another Process The First Fake Photograph Among the many oddities of the history of the invention of photography is that not only was photography invented by so many people at the same time, but also that few of these...

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