Interdisciplinary Artists in Residence


This Fall, Brad Zellar and I are artists in residence at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Along with co-teaching a course entitled Truth, Lies, Memory, and Imagination: The Photograph as Story, we’ll be hosting a number of public events:

Guest Artists Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin
photographer and publisher | graphic designer, illustrator, and author
Wednesday, September 10
4:30 – 5:45 pm
Room L160
Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue


A Conversation with Alec Soth about his current MMoCA exhibition From Here to There with MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman
Saturday, September 13
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)
227 State Street
MMoCA event: $10 MMoCA Nights admission/free


Guest Artist Susan Meiselas
documentary photographer
Wednesday, September 24
4:30 – 5:45 pm
Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue


Guest Artist David Rathman
painter and multimedia artist
Wednesday, October 8
4:30 – 5:45 pm
Room L160
Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue


Gallery Talk with Brad Zellar
Friday, October 10
6:30 – 7:00 pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street
MMoCA event: Free admission to all.


Guest Speaker Michael Lesy

author and professor of literary journalism at Hampshire College
Wednesday, October 15
4:30 – 5:45 pm
Room L160
Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue


Talk by Brad Zellar:“House of Coates Revisited: Lester B. Morrison, Little Brown Mushroom, and Other Lost Broken Men”
Saturday, October 18
5:30 pm
Community Room
Madison Central Library
201 West Mifflin Street


Workshop with Brad Zellar:“How Many Words is a Picture Really Worth? Writing From Photographs”
Sunday, October 19
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wisconsin Book Festival event.
See for further details.


Guest Artists The Goggles (Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons)
interactive, immersive storytellers
Wednesday, October 22
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Gordon Commons
770 West Dayton Street
Registration recommended:


Madison Area Network for Innovation and Collaboration (MANIAC) Lunchtime Talk with Alec Soth and Brad Zellar
Wednesday, October 29
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Gordon Commons
770 West Dayton Street
Registration recommended:


Guest Artist Ginger Strand
Wednesday, November 12
4:30 – 5:45 pm

LBM Book by Trent Parke!

In the spirit of the classic Little Golden Books for children, Little Brown Mushroom is releasing a series of photographic storybooks for grown-ups. Our first book, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, features photographs and story by Trent Parke and design by Hans Seeger.

I was recently at a party chatting with the writer Geoff Dyer. Out of the blue, Dyer said, “I think Trent Parke is a photographic genius.” I responded by saying that not only do I agree, I believe in him so much that I’m publishing his book. Shockingly, this is Parke’s first book in ten years.

Priced at only $18 and limited to a numbered edition of 1000, this one is going to go fast.

Buy the book here

Tobias Zielony: Story/No Story

A few weeks ago at the Fotobook Festival in Kassel, the folks at Schaden showed me their single copy of Story/No Story by Tobias Zielony. The book wasn’t for sale yet, but I knew I had to get my hands on it. Yesterday the book arrived and I was relieved to find it was as great as I’d remembered. The book is made up of thirteen chapters documenting young people in various locations around the globe. Usually photographed at night, the teens are invariably drawn to generic locales like car parks, gas stations and other public spaces. As the book’s title suggests, their is no story. But this, in fact, is the story of so many young people around the world. They gather at night and wait for something to happen. In an interview included in the book, Zielony quotes one girl he photographed who said, “We’re not bored. Boredom is just a word for what we do anyway.”

One might think that thirteen chapters of kids loitering might be, well, boring. But Zielony’s book is almost cinematic. Flipping through the pages, I feel like I’m floating around the world at night. “There’s a latent narrative,” Zielony says in the book’s interview, “It’s in the situations, in the youth’s imaginations. You can’t say that nothing is happening. My photo series disclose this potential narrative.

More info here and here

The Bunny Book Coincidence

I’m currently in Brighton, England with my family (and thus the lack of posts lately). I was supposed to be here working on a commission for the Brighton Photo Biennial, but due to some visa problems, I’m not allowed to work. So the trip is pretty much an Easter vacation. But my kids and I have been collaborating on some book projects. On the very day that Carrie posted about rabbit books, my daughter and I were putting the finishing touches on our book, “The Brighton Bunny Boy.” For contractual reasons (with my daughter), I’m not allowed to show the whole thing, but here is a sneak peek:

Be sure to check out Carmen’s last book, The Mountain Trip.

Taka-Chan and I

In a recent post on photo-novellas, Marc Feustel of eyecurious mentioned two children books by Eikoh Hosoe and Betty Lifton. I just received Taka-Chan and I, (1967). I love the book and so do the offspring.

The ‘about the photographer’ page pretty much explains the book and the spirit in which it was made:

“One day Eikoh Hosoe, the photographer of this book, was walking on a lonely beach in Japan, now and then taking pictures of the ocean, the beach, and of a small girl sitting on some rocks. He was startled by a Weimaraner dog which appeared unexpectedly from right out of the ground. Mr. Hosoe couldn’t believe what he saw, but before Runcible’s departure from Japan they had a long talk. Runcible told Mr. Hosoe about his adventure. Runcible was very proud to know an outstanding free-lance photographer who had received so many awards for his pictures. Mr. Hosoe gave Runcible copies of his three photo-essay books, Killed By Roses, Ondine and Why, Mother, Why! The two have been firm friends ever after.

See scans of the whole book here.

24 pieces by Allen Ruppersberg

Since listing Allen Ruppersberg’s fantastic exhibition catalog in my list of Top 10 Photobooks of 2009, I’ve been doing more investigation on Ruppersberg. In the late 60’s and early 70’s he experimented with the way banal images, once combined, create narrative. Ruppersberg published three books juxtaposing pictures of motel rooms with other ordinary pictures sometimes containing narrative clues (ketchup drizzled on a table, a picture removed from a wall). These three books were called 23 Pieces (1968), 24 Pieces (1970) and 25 Pieces (1971).

I was able to track down a copy of 24 Pieces. See the whole thing here.

Note the colophon: “Design and Photography by Gary Krueger.”


My recent post on Viaggio sul Reno, Settembre 1974, brought to mind David Hockney’s photographs from roughly the same period. I’m particularly fond of Hockney’s story that accompanies these two photographs:

“In the winter of 1968 Peter and I took the Orient Express to Munich, to see a show of mine. I remember one morning when we were both on the bottom bed, we opened the curtains, and it was snowing. It was fantastic to lie in the little couch with a nice warm body next to you, gazing out the window at the cute little Bavarian villages half hidden under the snow. It’s a wonderful way to travel. I never photographed it, but I remember it vividly.

Later, we went onto Vienna. We took the subway and Peter went in the next carriage; there he stood, looking back at me as I photographed him. At the next station he joined me and I again took a photograph, still looking at the same place, and he is gone. It was not planned, it just happened that way.

From David Hockney Photographs (Petersburg Press, London, 1982). This book is unusual in that it emphasizes his single images rather than the better known photo collages.