Poignant Pics

Poignant Pics is a blog series where we’ve asked photo curators, educators, collectors and makers to share a brief essay on a photo that has significantly changed the way they think or look at the world.

Poignant Pic no. 16 // Harley Cowan

Rineke Dijkstra // Kolobrzeg, Poland // July 26, 1992 Welcome to number 16 in our series Poignant Pics where we’ve asked photo curators, educators, collectors and makers to share a brief essay on a photo that has significantly changed the way they think or look at the...

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Poignant Pic no. 15 // Santosh Korthiwada

Anthony Hernandez // Landscapes for the Homeless #18 // 1989 Welcome to number 15 in our series Poignant Pics where we've asked photo curators, educators, collectors and makers to share a brief essay on a photo that has significantly changed the way they think or look...

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Poignant Pics no. 14 // J Swofford

Maseo Yamamoto // Box of Ku #149 // 1998 Welcome to number 14 in our series Poignant Pics where we've asked photo curators, educators, collectors and makers to share a brief essay on a photo that has significantly changed the way they think or look at the world....

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Poignant Pics no. 13 // Amy Wolff

Garry Winogrand // Kennedy Space Center, Florida, 1969 Welcome to number 13 in our series Poignant Pics where we've asked photo curators, educators, collectors and makers to share a brief essay on a photo that has significantly changed the way they think or look at...

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Poignant Pics no. 12 // Kat Kiernan

Jefferson Hayman // The Falling Rocket // 2016 Welcome to number 12 in our series Poignant Pics where we've asked photo curators, educators, collectors and makers to share a brief essay on a photo that has significantly changed the way they think or look at the world....

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Poignant Pics no. 11 // Maxine Watts

Julia Margaret Cameron // Unknown Woman or Madonna // England // March 1868 // Albumen Print Welcome to #11 in our new series Poignant Pics where I’ve asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has...

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Poignant Pics no. 10 // Jonah Calinawan

John Dugdale // Mourning Tulips // Morton Street, N.Y.C. // 1999 // Cyanotype Print Welcome to #8 in our new series Poignant Pics where I’ve asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has significantly...

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Poignant Pics no. 9 // Tami Bone

Angela Bacon-Kidwell // Chasing Hope, from Home by Nightfall // 2013 Welcome to #9 in our new series Poignant Pics where I’ve asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has significantly impacted their...

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Poignant Pics no. 8 // Fran Forman

Ralph Eugene Meatyard // Untitled // 1960-1962 // Gelatin Silver Print Welcome to #10 in our new series Poignant Pics where I’ve asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has significantly impacted...

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Poignant Pics no. 7 // Paul Biddle

Claude Cahun // Collection // Paris // 1920’s and 30’s // Silver Gelatin Print Welcome to #7 in our new series Poignant Pics where I’ve asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has significantly...

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Poignant Pics no. 6 // Angela Lillian Chen

Image: Richard Avedon // Stephanie Seymour // Paris // 1995 // Gelatin silver print.  Welcome to no. 6 in our new series Poignant Pics where I’ve asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has...

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Poignant Pics no. 5 // E. E. McCollum

Jerry Uelsmann // Untitled, 1963 // gelatin silver print Welcome to #5 in our new series Poignant Pics where I’ve asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has significantly impacted their cerebral...

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Poignant Pics no. 4 // Ross Faircloth

Joel-Peter Witkin // Penitente, New Mexico // 1982 // gelatin silver print Welcome to #4 in our new series Poignant Pics where I've asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has significantly impacted...

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Poignant Pics no. 3 // Rachael Banks

Emmet Gowin // Edith // Chincoteague Island (Virginia) // 1967 // Gelatin silver print Welcome to #3 in our new series Poignant Pics where I've asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has...

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Poignant Pics no. 2 // K.K. DePaul

La Loteria II by Luis González Palma Welcome to our second installment of Poignant Pics where I’ve asked photo curators, educators, collectors and makers to share a brief essay on a photo that has significantly changed the way they think or look at the world. Poignant...

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Poignant Pics no. 1 // Frances Jakubek

Domino Players, Walls Unit, TDC, 1967 by Danny Lyon We're launching a new series of posts titled Poignant Pics where I've asked photo curators, collectors and makers to write about a photograph or two that, in one way or another, has significantly impacted their...

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