Sophie Calle and the Art of Leaving a Trace

The French artist has attained celebrity—and attracted controversy—by pursuing the objects of her obsession. What is she really after?

In February, 1981, the French artist Sophie Calle took a job as a hotel maid in Venice. In the course of three weeks, with a camera and tape recorder hidden in her mop bucket, she recorded whatever she found in the rooms that she had been charged with cleaning. She looked through wallets and transcribed unsent postcards, photographed the contents of wastebaskets and inventoried the clothes hanging in closets. Her only rule, it seems, was to leave untouched any luggage that owners had had the foresight to lock. That is, unless they also left the luggage key, which, for Calle, was as good as an invitation.

Berlin Wall to Blair’s battlebus – Tom Stoddart’s career in pictures

Photojournalist who has died aged 68 covered major international stories including apartheid’s end in South Africa and the fall of the Berlin Wall

The renowned photojournalist, who has died aged 68, covered major international stories including conflict in Lebanon, apartheid’s end in South Africa, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the siege of Sarajevo and wars in the Gulf. His work, which spanned four decades, was both powerful and beautifully observed. He continued to work in black and white throughout his career

Remembering Tom Stoddart - Amateur Photographer

World-famous photojournalist, who took hugely influential images from Iraq, Sarajevo and sub-Saharan Africa, has died

We are deeply saddened to report the death of Tom Stoddart, one of the finest documentary photographers and photojournalists the UK has ever produced. Tom, 68, died today after a brave struggle with cancer.

On the Depiction of Africans in Photo Contests - PhotoShelter Blog

As a child during the 1980s, I grew up with a weekly diet of TIME magazine and the evening news. The famine in Ethiopia during the decade generated an endless stream of news filled with images of Black bodies, so much so that my entire conception of the c

For many years, the photo contest industry has contended with accusations of racism and classism for awarding and promoting “poverty porn.” Although many contests have worked to diversify their juries and tried to attract a broader field of entrants, barely a year goes by without a major issue or scandal.

Doris Derby’s Searing, Intimate Photos of the Civil Rights Movement

A book presents more than 110 pictures from Derby’s archive, offering a rich panorama of the key people and places behind the movement.

A Civil Rights Journey (MACK) is a powerful and moving testament to Derby’s years in the American South. The book presents more than 110 pictures from Derby’s archive, offering a rich panorama of the key people and places behind the movement in Mississippi, but also in Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana, where Derby also worked. Now 82, Derby is a retired anthropology professor in Georgia.

A Gut-Wrenching but Graceful Photo Project on Trump’s America

Over four tumultuous years, Epstein’s book moves across the country to capture pivotal points of conflict between the American government, the people, and the land.

Mitch Epstein’s book Property Rights (Steidl) is a stark but sensitive examination of American life and land under the Trump administration. Over four tumultuous years, Epstein’s book moves across the country — from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to the US-Mexico border to the streets of New York City — to capture pivotal points of conflict between the American government, the people, and the land. Property Rights pairs Epstein’s detailed, dignified photos of activists and their actions with selections from his interviews with protesters, humanitarians, and environmentalists. Epstein’s gut-wrenching but graceful project urgently exposes the grave stakes we face today, while also reminding us that our current turbulent moment has precedents in earlier American history.

Exposed: Yunghi Kim on the Power of Women Photojournalists

An interview with photojournalist Yunghi Kim about the power of women photojournalists and how to be successful in the field.

It is difficult to quickly sum up the ongoing career of photojournalist Yunghi Kim. Yunghi simply has too much personal energy, global photojournalism chops, and a record of giving back to the photographic community. In particular, Yunghi is known for her support of women photojournalists.