photography

The great street photographers, from Atget onwards, inspire me. When I go out shooting, I’m interested in catching or in being caught by the unexpected, in “organizing the rectangle” as Sergio Larrain put it. My first major influences were Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, and Helen Levitt; in the past few years, I have been engaged with conceptual considerations as well.

“Who’s Got the Address?” was published (with text by Amitava Kumar) in Domus India and in Guernica, and some of my other photo portfolios have been published in a number of magazines. My work has been exhibited in India and the US, and I have taken a number of masterclasses. More recently, in a series of photographs taken in Switzerland, I have become interested in the tensions within the photographic image: the role of text, signs, optical illusions, perspective, and images of images. These photos will be the basis of a book and an exhibition.

Some of my photographs can be seen on Flickr and on Instagram.

I also write frequently on photography, primarily as the photography critic for the New York Times Magazine. Before my Times role, I wrote the introduction to Double Negative, a novel by Ivan Vladislavic loosely-based on the photographic practice of David Goldblatt, as well as introductions to books of photography by Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Howard French, Richard Renaldi, and Zun Lee, and I have published essays on a number of photographic subjects, including Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Dina Kelberman, and the uses of Google and Instagram for photography.