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 muc...moreI 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 out of this. Most importantly, a glimpse of the history of the critical dialogue surrounding photography-as-art.
And in an entirely unplanned turn of events, I found myself in New York just as I was finishing up this book... so to visit MoMA and actually *see* some of the artists she referenced (Steiglitz, Weston, Mondotti, Avedon, Arbus, etc.) was pretty darn awesome.(less)
It's hard to review an anthology. So I won't try, except to say that this is bizarrely unimpressive, yet thought-provoking. Find myself thinking about...moreIt's hard to review an anthology. So I won't try, except to say that this is bizarrely unimpressive, yet thought-provoking. Find myself thinking about other women politicians, and questioning my own opinions of them, Lisa Madigan in particular.
This also triggered a years-old memory of a friend describing me as "ambitious"... and me feeling shocked and offended. At the time, I defended myself by saying that my professional success was entirely accidental. Shortly thereafter, I dropped out of the corporate world and went to library school. Was that just a massive, knee-jerk reaction of my subconscious to this perceived assault on my feminine credentials?(less)
"If you're looking for a basic book about cataloging then this is not the book. If you're looking for a fearless yet hopeful assessment of the cataloging industry from a decidedly liberal perspective, then this is the book."(less)