Photography

Nude No. 72, New York, 1949–50 Irving Penn. © The Irving Penn Foundation

Irving Penn’s radical formalism

The Met emphasises the quantity and variety of Penn’s photographs, but what really stands out is the unity of his vision

27 Jun 2017
Gandhi's funeral. Crowds gathered between Birla House and the cremation ground, throwing flowers (1948), Henri Cartier-Bresson. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

How Henri Cartier-Bresson bore witness to Gandhi’s death

The photographer met with Gandhi just hours before his assassination – and recorded an event that shook the world

31 May 2017
Jerusalem, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Apse (1854), Auguste Salzmann.

One photographer’s spiritual struggle in Jerusalem

In 1853 Auguste Salzmann went to Jerusalem to photograph religious sites. The results, on show at the Metropolitan Museum, are an insight into his own faith

15 Dec 2016
Installation view, 'Dayanita Singh: Museum of Shedding', at Frith Street Gallery, London. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. Photo: Steve White

‘If I could describe a photograph entirely in words, why bother making it?’

Dayanita Singh discusses her work and the pointlessness of taking ‘beautiful’ pictures ahead of an exhibition in London

30 Nov 2016
Agra, The Taj Mahal from the corner of the quadrangle

One of the world’s oldest photography studios is closing down

The Bourne & Shepherd studio in Kolkata has a long history, but fire and the advent of the digital age have closed it down. Thankfully, its legacy lives on

26 Jul 2016
Gloria K., first sleeper. Anne B., second sleeper (1979), Sophie Calle

Dreams caught on camera in New York

‘Dream States’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a thought-provoking exhibition, and a great survey of some of the most influential modern photographers

6 Jun 2016

Five photography shows to see in New York this week

There are some great, focused shows open at the moment, from office-block abstraction to a difficult look at the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

6 Jun 2016

Baldessari, Burtynsky and a lot of David Bowie at Photo London

It’s the variety and range of photographs on show that will ultimately come to define the fair

18 May 2016

Photographing ‘vice’ on the Varna Road

Janet Mendelsohn’s photographs at Ikon gallery capture the human face of Birmingham’s most notorious district

26 Jan 2016

Photography as a medium seems richer than ever

It’s important that photography retains its social, human edge as we enter another turbulent year

12 Jan 2016