5 things I’m reading this week

Your FlakPhoto Digest — February 3, 2018

Pamela Pecchio, The Center of Attention, 2001 — from HUMBLE CATS: New Cats in Art Photography

A few years ago, curator George Slade invited me to join his “Prove Me Wrong! Cat Pictures are Cloying and Annoying” group on Facebook. It’s a fun group dedicated to, well, sharing cat pictures. I’m allergic to cats so don’t spend a lot of time around them IRL but the group has made me wonder: Why do we photograph these creatures? I don’t know what the answer to that question is but I thought about George’s group when I heard about HUMBLE CATS (Yoffy Press, 2017) which is entirely dedicated to the pursuit of feline photography. I finally got around to reading the book this week and it’s a trip. If you’re a cat person, you’ll love this—you can read about the book here.

Oh! I wanted to mention this too: Last week’s 5 Things sent me down a rabbit hole of Garry Winogrand reading which reminded me about a book and a film about the photographer that are coming out this spring. More here:


Okay, time for the links! Today was a lazy one at the home so you’re getting these readables on a Saturday night. Not the worst thing — grab a glass of something tasty and settle into your easy chair for a spell...

5 things I’m reading this week

  1. On “Photography”: A Conversation with Charlotte Cotton (In the In Between)
  2. Inexplicable Found Photographs of Women in Trees (Hyperallergic)
  3. Was John Szarkowski the most influential person in 20th-century photography? (The Guardian)
  4. The Bohemian Rhapsody of Peter Hujar (The New Yorker)
  5. Stephen Shore, Seer of the Everyday (The New York Review of Books)

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