Poetry. LGBT Studies. "Ariel Goldberg's THE PHOTOGRAPHER might be an essayist, philosopher, or performance artist, or they might well be you, a twenty-first-century citizen caught in the crossfire of electronic media sharing, from ubiquitous selfies capturing the minutiae of people's lives to whistle-blowing stills leaked during wartime. In an age when anyone with a smartphone is a potential photojournalist, what separates a framed composition from real life, a chance snapshot from a monumental exposé? You'll find a panorama of bracing responses here in Goldberg's genre-defying texts, including confessional alt captions for irretrievable images, epistolary meditations on the unusual ways photos are viewed today, a discursive press conference that questions photographic permission, and a campy garage-sale lecture on the obsolescence of camera accessories—all underscored by the keen, enigmatic voice of a present-day photographer who knows the tricks of the trade but holds to a credo of candor, who contends both voluntarily and involuntarily with what Susan Sontag called 'an ethics of seeing.'"—Pamela Lu
Ariel Goldberg's publications include THE PHOTOGRAPHER (Roof Books, 2015), Picture Cameras and The Photographer without a Camera. They have received a research fellowship at the New York Public Library's Wertheim Study and a Franklin Furnace Fund grant for a series of performances and slideshows. They have been an artist in resident at Headland's Center for the Arts, The Invisible Dog, Residencias Artísticas Intercambios and SOMA in Mexico City.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA