The Easel

Archives: The New York Review of Books

12th February 2019

The Star of the Silken Screen

Warhol’s art. He thought “the true substance of photography is the shadow cast by and on its subject. This was the essence of his major innovation, which still reverberates today: the reciprocity between painting and printing. The sheer graphic power of the silkscreen image … confers on any subject a drama of light and shadow, an urgent aesthetic bounty grounded in the photographic now.”

The Secret Streets of Brassaï & Louis Stettner

Brassaï and Stettner both cut their artistic teeth on street photography but from there they diverged.  Brassaï avoided improvisation where he could, sometimes giving his images a “frozen” quality. Stettner, whom Brassaï mentored, was all spontaneity. His sympathetic images of New York commuters combine “theatrical composition and voyeuristic opportunism”.