Dark Mirrors —

Dark Mirrors assembles sixteen essays by photographer and critic Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa focusing on contemporary fine art photographic and video practices that are principally, though not exclusively, rooted in the United States, written between 2015 and 2021. Wolukau-Wanambwa analyses the image’s relationship to the urgent and complex questions that define our era, through the lens of artistic practices and works which insightfully engage with the ongoing contemporaneity of disparate histories and the ever-changing status of the visual in social life. — publisher

Deana Lawson, —241
Dana Lixenberg, — 139
Paul Pfeiffer, — 213
Arthur Jafa, —79
Katy Grannan, and — 117
Robert Bergman — 131
Ron Jude — 159
Rosalind Solomon — 147
Charlotte Cotton — 47
Joel W. Fisher — 63
Rabih Mroue —87
Daniel Shea — 107
Kristine Potter — 201
Mark Ruwedel — 187
Jason Koxvold — 171

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa (B. 1980–):

RISD: https://www.risd.edu/academics/photography/faculty/stanley-wolukau-wanambwa

Aperture: https://aperture.org/author/stanley-wolukau-wanambwa/

Light Work: https://www.lightwork.org/archive/stanley-wolukau-wanambwa/

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conversation: Dark Mirrors, reading.

Wordsday: 6.19.19

First rule of composition — there are no rules in composition.

everything is related to each other but near things are more related than distant things.

the creative photograph no longer needs an army of defenders

“I paint the way some people write their autobiography.”


You have to look and understand both and looking you understand it’s more than you can describe you look and think and look and think until it makes sense becomes interesting

Donald Judd 1990

The crushing force of time is before my eyes, and I myself try to keep pressing the shutter release of the camera. In this inevitable race between the two of us, I feel I am going to be burnt up.” –

Daido Moriyama

For the first time, between the originating object and its reproduction there intervenes only the instrumentality of a nonliving agent. For the first time an image of the world is formed automatically, without the creative intervention of man. The personality of the photographer enters into the proceedings only in his selection of the object to be photographed and by way of the purpose he has in mind.”

Andre Bazin

The moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want and tries to supply the demand he ceases to be an artist 

Oscar Wilde