This week in photography….
The University of Texas at Austin has acquired the pieces, or most of the pieces, of a major photographic work involving four well-known photographers that began in the 1980’s, but was never finished.
Four Photographers: Robert Frank, David Heath, Robert Heinecken,[and] John Wood set out originally to explore the questions presented by filling a blank canvas. They were being funded by Polaroid, but when the money ran out, the project came to an end. Of the four original photographers, only Frank is still alive. New York Times.
Next Thursday, Jan. 24, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will open a new exhibition; Picturing Nam: U.S. Military Photography of the Vietnam War. Military photographers stationed in Vietnam took thousands of photographs that covered every aspect of the conflict. The photographs are now part of the National Archives.
An interesting interview this week from NPR on the life of famous civil rights photographer Ernest Withers, who apparently also shared information he gathered with the FBI, as part of a personal effort to keep the movement on the right path. NPR’s Scott Simon interviews author Preston Lauterbach.