David Schonauer

What We're Reading: How the FSA Whitewashed the Depression

The Atlantic   Tuesday November 24, 2020

The Depression-era Farm Security Administration photography program to document the country during dire times — a program that employed the likes of Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee — has been lauded as one of the great triumphs of the medium. But the Atlantic looks at three new books —Walker Evans: Starting From Scratch, by Svetlana Alpers; Russell Lee: A Photographer’s Life and Legacy, by Mary Jane Appel; and Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, that paint a more complicated picture of the FSA’s legacy.   Read the full Story >>

Passings: Underwater Photographer Ernie Brooks Dies at 85

ASMP   Tuesday November 24, 2020

Ernie Brooks II, famed as an underwaterr photographer, died November 19 at age of 85, notes the ASMP. “Photography was in his blood as the son of the man who created the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and the grandson of a Portuguese woman who was a professional portrait photographer,” notes ASMP. Brooks graduated from his father’s institute and studied with Hans Haas, a pioneer of underwater documentaries. He established the school’s underwater photography courses and was one of its champions during difficult financial times. The school was sold in 1999 and closed in 2016.   Read the full Story >>

Let's Continue the Conversation ...

Facebook   Tuesday November 24, 2020

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Books: How a Soap Opera Changed Diana Markosian's Life

By David Schonauer   Monday November 23, 2020

To understand how she became who she became, artist Diana Markosian has reenacted her childhood through photographs, film and a script written in collaboration with a scriptwriter who inadvertently influenced her life by writing a soap opera that shaped it. The result, notes the British Journal of Photography, is "Santa Barbara," a new book from Aperture, which tells the story of her mother, Svetlana, …   Read the full Story >>

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