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The MIssing Criticism: Papageorge on Robert Adams and 'What We Bought'

Posted on April 02, 2008, in Art Stuff. | Tag this with


In print, but difficult to obtain--and certainly great: the Ongoing Moment, by Geoff Dyer.

Posted by: RPMcSweeney at April 7, 2008 03:46 PM

One of the footnotes for Papageorge's terrific 1981 "Essay on Influence" cites the transcript to a 1975 Robert Frank talk. Frank spoke at a symposium at Wellesley College in April of that year, scant days after the death of Walker Evans. The long out-of-print and hard to obtain "Photography Within the Humanities" contains transcripts of Frank's talk and nine others, including a grand and illuminating talk by John Szarkowski.

If I had a nickel for every time the word "stunning" appeared in print as a description of some dull photograph, I'd be retired already. Frank's talk, or at least parts of it, truly is stunning in its challenge to the common wisdom of ambitious would-be artists working in the medium of photography.

Posted by: Walter Dufresne at April 23, 2008 07:54 PM

Thanks again for making available a terrific piece of criticism.

BTW - is this series exclusively to be essays by Papageorge? If so, what about his essay on Winogrand that introduces 'Public Relations'?

Posted by: yclee at June 7, 2008 06:37 AM


The "Missing Criticism" was invented basically to create a rubric for publishing Papageorge on Evans & Frank. Papageorge also generously gave me this one too. I'm happy to publish essays by other critics and photographers, I just have found any more yet.

As for the introduction to "Public Relations," I guess it qualifies for being out of print (per a quick search of Amazon), but the book also seems pretty easily & cheaply available. I'm more interested in bringing things back into print that are not available at all or pretty expensive to acquire.

Posted by: Eric Etheridge at June 7, 2008 07:23 AM

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