This is not an exhaustive list, but it recognises writers on photography that have impacted on my thoughts and influence my output.
Francis Hodgson – Professor in the Culture of Photography at University of Brighton and photography critic at the Financial Times. A writer with a passion for photographs and the thinking behind them. Try “Stephen Shore discovers the poetry of ordinariness. He also discovers that the ordinary isn’t ordinary at all”. He also gave us the guiding principle of “archaeology without spades” when discussing Fay Godwin and memory within the landscape.
Simon Denison is a documentary and conceptual landscape photographer. He also runs the Cultural Studies department at Hereford College of Arts, lectures and finds time to write. Try “Adams (R), a romantic and neo-Platonist for whom form provides meaning and reassurance in a capricious world, could never be judged a neutral documentarist. He may have pointed his camera at the detested housing developments of Colorado but his intention was to redeem them”.
Nicholas Alfrey is Associate Professor in Art History at Nottingham University and an Art History writer for the Tate and the Guardian. He knowledgeably combines recent interpretation of the landscape with a historical perspective. This was the article that got me thinking…..“So instead of atmosphere, spirit of place, heightened moments of awareness and reflections on antiquity and ruin, we get an emphasis on the mundane, the overlooked, the nondescript, an eye for dreck and failure”. Also, his reviews of Richard Longs work starts to define the artist and/or topographer.
Sean O’Hagan at the Guardian. Writes on contemporary photography and its prevenient with an informative and clear approach. “What Adams’ pictures capture is a profound sense of place and his sympathetic understanding of the same. You can tell that Adams loves these empty, still prairie spaces, and the silence that echoes in them.”
George Monbiot. Campaigner, researcher, journalist and author. It is increasingly hard to believe we are managing the landscape competently. George has consistently debunked the myths perpetuated by the custodians of our landscape. “National park authorities inflict mass destruction on wildlife and habitats, then call it conservation”.