Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow.
Essays on the Past and Future of Photography.
By David Levi Strauss.
Aperture, 2014. 192 pp., illustrated throughout, 6x8½".
At this transitional moment in the field of photography, how should we consider what is to come for the medium? Can its past and present practitioners help guide us, both as creators and as observers? David Levi Strauss-eminent author, critic and teacher-rises to the challenge of these questions and more in Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow: Essays on the Past and Future of Photography. In the course of 25 essays, some of which appear for the first time in this volume, Strauss discusses the work of artists who provoke us with revealing, clear-eyed investigations of the ostensibly patent world in front of us, and others who transport us to new realms, poetic and unreal-creative minds ranging from Frederick Sommer, Helen Levitt, Daido¯ Moriyama and Joseph Beuys to contemporary photographers Sally Mann, James Nachtwey, Susan Meiselas, Tim Davis and many others. Also considered are the groundbreaking theoretical writings of Susan Sontag and Jean-Luc Nancy, the films of Chris Marker and Stan Brakhage, and issues and events that have irrevocably altered the way we consider the medium of photography and how it communicates: 9/11, Abu Ghraib, the death of Osama bin Laden, the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Published in the Aperture Ideas series, Words Not Spent Today is an incisive exploration of photography’s changing role as a tool of evidence and conscience as we move forward into-can we say it?-a post-photographic era.