Binge-Worthy #1: Manhatta (Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, 1921)

Binge-Worthy is a series that explores films made by iconic photographers.

Welcome to the inaugural entry in this series! Granted, at 9 minutes long, there’s not much to binge, but what better film to start with than a semi-forgotten gem that MoMA cites as the first American avant-garde film? Manhatta was co-directed by Paul Strand, one of the most influential photographers of the early 20th Century. His co-director was the highly accomplished Charles Sheeler, a classically trained painter and self-taught photographer who came up with the initial concept for the film.

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Book Review: Why People Photograph by Robert Adams

This collection of short essays and reviews by one of the pre-eminent American landscape photographers explores a wide variety of topics covering all genres of photography.

A landscape photographer known for his black-and-white pictures of the American West, Robert Adams is a strong writer with a philosophical mindset. That’s at least partly due to his academic background: he received a Ph.D. in English literature and taught at the university level before discovering photography. This book is a follow-up to his previous collection of photography criticism, Beauty in Photography.

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Book Review: Photography Until Now by John Szarkowski

Curator and critic John Szarkowski boasts a larger-than-life reputation in the photography world. The former Museum of Modern Art photography director and author of the classic text The Photographer’s Eye, Szarkowski helped shape the way that photography was both perceived and utilized via groundbreaking exhibitions such as New Documents in 1967 and, two decades later, at the tail end of the 80s, Photography Until Now.

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Saving the Sound of Sigma

There’s a grassroots initiative underway here in Philadelphia to preserve the building that once housed Sigma Sound Studios as a historic landmark. Around 175 gold and platinum records were recorded at Sigma, an innovative, state-of-the-art recording studio founded in 1968 that was home base for Philadelphia International Records as well as a number of international recording stars. Parallax Review editor and founder Aaron M. Cohen recently wrote an article for Broad Street Review about the effort to save Sigma.