Author(s): Tod Papageorge
"Core Curriculum: Writings on Photography" is the long-awaited collection of essays, reviews, and lectures some of which have gained a cult following due to online postings by Tod Papageorge, one of the most influential voices in photography today. As a photographer and the Walker Evans Professor of Photography at the Yale University School of Art, Papageorge has shaped the work and thought of generations of artist/photographers, and, through his critical writings, has earned a reputation as an unusually eloquent and illuminating guide to the work of many of the most important figures in twentieth century photography. Among the artists Papageorge discusses with deep critical insight in this essential volume are Eugene Atget, Brassai, Robert Frank (with Walker Evans), Robert Adams, and his close friend, Garry Winogrand. The book also includes texts that examine the more general questions of photographys relationship to poetry, and how the evolution of the mediums early technologies led to the twentieth-century creation of the self-conscious artist/photographer. Among the previously unpublished pieces in Core Curriculum are an unfinished poem in response to "Susan Sontags On Photography", a profile of Josef Koudelka, and a commencement speech delivered at the Yale School of Art in 2004. "Core Curriculum" also includes a number of interviews with this esteemed photographer/teacher/author, ranging in topic from his own photographic work and background in poetry to his energetic observations on the art of photography.