American Photography

online audio clips and shows


The J. Paul Getty Museum web site offers:

The page for the exhibition Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand, showing May 10 - September 4, 2005, an audio clip explains how Strand incorporated modernist ideas into "Still Life with Pear." Other clips talk about Strand's message in "Blind Woman," the photographer's interest in rural Scotland in the photograph titled "White Horse, South Uist," and how strand created the image "Seated Man, Uruapan del Progreso Michoacan, Mexico."
The page for the exhibit The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute, showing May 10 - September 4, 2005, contains three audio clips interpreting the photographer's images.
The page for the photography exhibit Close to Home: An American Album showing October 12, 2004 - January 16, 2005 contains an audio clip with curator Weston Naef introducing the exhibition.

KCRW, a radio station broadcasting throughout Southern California offers:

American Photography at the Getty which aired on on.Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The National Gallery of Art web site offers:

Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception. Sarah Greenough, curator of photographs, talks about works by celebrated nineteenth-century photographer Carleton Watkins, on view in the first major exhibition of Watkin's work in 20 years. Aired March 11, 2000. (description courtesy NGA)

National Public Radio provides through its Programs Archive page:

Photo Op: John Szarkowski's Art Vision from Day to Day, February 10, 2005
National Geographic Portraits in Focus by Alex Chadwick, from Day to Day, November 14, 2004
The Photos of Edward Weston from Morning Edition, August 8, 2003
Margaret Bourke-White's Photography of Design, February 26, 2003 with links also to "Susan Stamberg reports on a Margaret Bourke-White retrospective exhibit in New York" (February 28, 1998) and "Stamberg interviews Vicki Goldberg, author of Margaret Bourke-White, A Biography" (June 16, 1986)

Smithsonian American Art Museum presents

Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan, February 12, 2010 - May 9, 2010: podcast (illustrated audio) about the exhibition


The WGBH/Boston Forum Network Archives contains a series of 22 original WGBH/FM radio essays by leading thinkers in the 20th Century on the nature of creativeness in American arts, sciences, and professions. One of the essays is titled

Creative Method: Edward Steichen on Photography, with Lyman Bryson interviewing Edward Steichen, photographer and painter. [December 31, 1969]


TFAO also suggests:

Resource Library articles and essays on American photography: 18-19th Century, 19-20th Century, 20-21st Century

Texts on American photography from other web sites

Online videos on American photography

DVD or VHS videos on American photography

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