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This is a video of the talk I gave at the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. I spoke about my series, Growth and in conversation with poet Kimiko Hahn.

Published by Lumiere Press in 2011. Essay by Michael Torosian. Introduction by Howard Greenberg. Edition of 250. Sometimes it takes nearly a century for photographs to be shared with the world, even ones made by one of the most influential photographers in the history of the medium. That was the case for some of Edward […]

I’ve finally realized why I love photography. Last week, I went to see a show of platinum/palladium prints by one of the living masters, George Tice.  I met George in 2005 when I took a workshop with him at what was the Maine Photographic Workshops.  I can say emphatically that he is one of the […]

Last month I spent a week in Daytona Beach, Florida—teaching, giving an artist talk, attending an opening and soaking in dialog with other artists and curators about photography. After all the events were over, I spent an afternoon participating in an extended conversation sitting around a large table between myself, three other artists and two […]

Over the last 2 years, I’ve unintentionally become an active collaborator.  It started with the publication of my first book and grew from there.  I didn’t know, when I started working with John DeMerritt and Inge Bruggeman on Displaced, that the experience would lead to working with other writers, letterpress printers, printmakers, bookbinders and most […]

I have been pondering, for some time, about the relationship between the work an artist produces, who they are as a person, and how one affects the other. The more I teach, the more frequently I hear descriptions of projects as “about life,” “about me,” about “how I see,” about “the perception of time.”  I […]

On Translation

I had this epiphany after teaching The Photographic Voice last week with Kirsten Rian.  We have been assigning our students prompts every two weeks, visual exercises aimed at getting them to see in a different way, challenge their preconceptions of what photography is, or what art is, and encourage them to shed the notion that […]

In Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, she leads us, chapter by chapter, via essays about being alone in the woods to species extinction, to all the meanings and implications of being lost. The book begins with Solnit describing her first experience getting drunk, as an eight-year-old at a family celebration of Passover, […]

Over the last year I’ve noticed a shift in what I’m reading. I’m less inclined now to be reading books on photography and more likely to be reading about building trust in yourself, the importance of architecture, the dangers of consumption, and lots of poetry. I’m not sure what spawned this shift, but it is […]

Growth

I’ve had two major surgeries in the last 12 months. 8.6 x 6.4 x 3.8 In 2004, I first learned of a growth in my abdomen. It was a benign tumor, but unusual to have at 29 years. My doctor said it would expand and should be removed surgically. I didn’t know what to think. […]

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