Synopsis of the Art and Literary Work, Writing Pictures: Case Studies in Photographic Criticism 1983-2012
Writing Pictures: Case Studies in Photographic Criticism 1983-2012 is an anthology of photographic art criticism by James R. Hugunin, the 1983 Recipient of the Reva and David Logan Award for Distinguished New Writing in Photography funded by the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Featuring an introduction from Hugunin himself, the book explores the history and theory of photography from 1983 to the present day. Richly illustrated with photos from contemporary photographers, Writing Pictures provides an insightful look into the development of photographic art criticism over the past thirty years.
About the Author, James R. Hugunin
James Hugunin teaches the History of Photography and Contemporary Theory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of four experimental novels (the first of which critic/writer Derek Pell called "the best experimental novel of 2012"), two books of art criticism/theory, and numerous artist books. He is the founder and editor of two art journals, The Dumb Ox (1976-80) and U-Turn (1982-present). In 1983, he won the first Reva and David Logan Award for Distinguished New Writing in Photography from the N.E.A. and The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA. He is the author of Wreck & Ruin: Photography, Temporality, and World (Dis)order (2013) and Writing Pictures: Case Studies in Photographic Criticism 1983-2012 (2013), as well as the novels Elder Physics: The Wrong of Time: Stories from an Elder Home (2013), Something is Crook in Middlebrook (2012), Tar Spackled Banner (2014), Case X (2015), Afterimage: Critical Essays on Photography (2016), Q_A: An Auto-Interview (2017), Finding Mememo: A Book in Search of an Author (2019) and Picky Hunting: A Journal of the Plague Year (2021), all published by JEF Books (The Journal of Experimental Fiction).