Looking at Photography. Stephen Frailey. Damiani Editore

The new book by American photographer and educator Stephen Frailey, Looking at Photography, borrows the concept and format of Szarkowski’s seminal primer Looking at Photographs (1973): it puts together 100 great authors and a page of text for each, articulating the themes and emerging sensibility of contemporary photography. Inspired by John Szarkowski’s 1973 ‘Looking at Photographs’, and paying homage to the concept of the one hundred images and a page of text for each, Stephen Frailey now updates this classic with significant works of photography from mid-70s to the present.

‘Looking at Photography’ covers all genres of photography, and through discussing the significance of the individual works Frailey – as photographer, editor and educator – articlulates the themes and sensibilities of contemporary photography. The book is illustrated with major works by acclaimed artists such as Tina Barney, Jeff Wall, Steven Meisel, Nan Goldin, Helmut Newton, Martin Parr, Tim Walker, Wolfgang Tillmans, among others.

Stephen Frailey, the Chair of the Photography and Video Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1998 to 2018, is now Chair Emeritus. In 2012 he co-founded the Graduate MPS Fashion Photography program at SVA, and is currently the Director of Education for Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn. He has had solo exhibitions at 303 Gallery and the Julie Saul Gallery and group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; International Center for Photography, New York; and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC. His work has been reviewed in the ‘New York Times’, ‘Arts Magazine’, ‘ARTnews’, ‘Artforum’, the ‘Village Voice’, and the ‘New Yorker’, portfolios have appeared in ‘Artforum’ and the ‘Paris Review’.