Diana & Nikon: Essays on Photography
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Diana & Nikon: Essays on Photography

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This expanded edition of Diana & Nikon, Janet Malcolm's first book, presents new essays that explore the last work of Diane Arbus, Sally Mann's family pictures, E.J. Bellocq's famous 1912 nudes, Andrew Bush's richly detailed interiors, and the relationship between painting and photography. The text of the original edition--long a much sought after rarity--is reprinted
Hardcover, Expanded, 224 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Aperture (first published 1980)
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This book I found by chance while scanning the photography section at my local library. It is a series of essays written between 1975 and 1979 by Janet Malcolm, a journalist and critic with The New Yorker. Although her understanding of the history and aesthetic importance of photography is broad, a certain evolution of thought is apparent over the short span of four years. This I think speaks to her open-mindedness. Too many artists and critics have taken immovable positions on the question of p...more
I will admit right off the bat that the first few essasys were out of my depth -- despite being an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I don't have much of a background in the art history side of photography. (Nor do I have much of a background in art history at all, aside from a survey class in college, which was, shall we say, not recently.)

Malcom made references to photographers whose names I didn't recognize, and exhibitions that closed decades ago. Despite that disadvantage, I did get a lot...more
Eric Smith
I enjoyed this book, I bought it new back in the 1980's and just never got around to reading it. These are essays from various magazines and they document the photography exhibitions in New York in the 1970's and various photographic concerns. Janet Malcolm says lots of silly things in this book, all in a serious tone, but it is still worth reading. Here's an example: "Art photography represents a more subtle collaboration - one between the photographer and the works of painting, drawing, or scu...more
this is my least favourite of malcolm's books so far. all the others have made me crazy with envy and thrilled. my almost total lack of knowledge regarding photography, its traditions and its american practitioners make getting much out of this one very hard. but she is still so readable...
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