Category Archives: Photography

Richard Misrach on the U.S.-Mexico Border

All the photographs are about found objects — shotgun shells from a Border Patrol shooting range, a soccer ball, a boot, a Spanish translation of Doctor Zhivago — that are banal but laden with meaning. I’m always on the lookout for the anomalous…. It … Continue reading

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Quotes: On Being “Off Modern”

Has Art itself become a mere outtake, a long footnote to the human history? In the United States it is technology, not culture, that is regarded to be a space for innovations. Art, it seems, has overstayed its welcome. But … Continue reading

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On Retronaut

Mashable calls itself “a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world.” (Mashable web site, footer, retrieved January 24, … Continue reading

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A Child’s View

It occurs to me that I have always viewed the world as a child views a kitchen counter-top: on my toes, peering over a divide, trying to see what goes on where I am not even thought of.

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Apostrophe as an idea

» From Evelyn Shih’s “Sidewalks,” on the blog Photopos: “As I delve back further into my photographic archive, I feel more acutely what was always true of this blog: that we write of the absent, of the past. That photography cannot escape … Continue reading

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Somewhere West of Vale, Oregon

[View larger image on Flickr.] The idea of Oregon is a slippery one. Much of the population is concentrated in the western third of the state, primarily in the Portland metropolitan region and the fertile, lush Willamette Valley to its … Continue reading

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Cultural Landscapes Defined

So just what are cultural landscape studies? As the study of them plays a significant role in my academic work, I get asked this question a lot, so I felt I should try and answer it here. Consider this, then, the most cursory of … Continue reading

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Mourning at Ocala

[View image larger on Flickr.] On June 24, 2011, Amtrak’s California Zephyr sped through the Nevada Desert near the station point of Ocala, between the towns of Fernley and Lovelock. A truck driver on US 95, however, must have been oblivious to … Continue reading

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Review: Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs

Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs By Jeff Brouws and Wendy Burton. W. W. Norton & Company, 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110;; 7.3 x 9.4 x 1.2 in; hardcover; 288 pages, 2 b/w photos; $39.95 The act of collecting … Continue reading

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Upcoming: Presentation on the Mount Tabor streetcar line

Interested in the past, present, and future of streetcars in Portland? Since late last year, the Architectural Heritage Center has been celebrating the city’s streetcars, first with “Streetcars Build a City”, an exhibit of streetcar artifacts, as well as with … Continue reading

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