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We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want To Die (repost)

(Update 2/23/2016) I’ve been thinking about the passing  of Umberto Eco last week. His writings were an inspiration. In 2010 I wrote a piece quoting his essay on the nature of lists. It’s effortless for me to connect his discussion on the nature of lists to the act of photography itself. “Umberto Eco says we like lists because we don’t want to die; because it … Continue reading

Staving Off Infinite Regress By Way of Interpreting Agee. By Ken Schles

FOAM Blog reposting #1 (this is a reposting of an essay that originally appeared on the FOAM online site. Images coming soon as will more essays in this series) Staving Off Infinite Regress By Way of Interpreting Agee. By Ken Schles     James Agee, begins his essay, A Way of Seeing (which can be … Continue reading

A Suspension of Memory

New Daylight Digital edition: A Suspension of Memory Ken Schles in collaboration with Alan Rapp Ken Schles’ Invisible City was published in 1988 to wide acclaim, both for Schles’ remarkably strong personal vision, and for its seminal description of New York City’s East Village in all its decaying glory. It was named a New York … Continue reading

Images and Emergence

Ken Schles considers how image-making, like other forms of technology, has implications far beyond its primary purpose. For the FOAM blog. (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)

The Scale of Reality

We live in a physical world and we live in an image world. Ken Schles looks at the relationship between our relative size, the tools we make and the ideas we have to explain how we see and experience the world. For the FOAM Blog. (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)

The Look Of Love

About six weeks ago both my aged parents died. They had a dual funeral. Their coffins were lowered side by side, simultaneously into their grave. After hearing of this, more than one person has asked me if they were in an accident. There had been no accident. They died independently of each other, in separate … Continue reading

The On Shadow Interview

I had the opportunity to sit down with photographer Ken Schles a few weeks ago to discuss some ideas that had recently been bouncing round my head and how they related to some of the ideas discussed in his books.  We started talking as soon as I arrived at his home, but I wasn’t able … Continue reading

the invention of the world

I recently read The Itch, by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker. This is how they describe an itch: “Its mysterious power may be a clue to a new theory about brains and bodies.” The article tells the story of a woman who had an itch on her forehead so unrelenting and uncontrollable that she scratched right … Continue reading

allegory of the cave: the dialectic of the image is thus

I first read Plato’s Republic in high school during my senior year, just months before I moved to the East Village with some friends back in the late 1970’s. It was a great entry to so many things: philosophy in general; political philosophy in particular; ideas about government; ethics—and a fascinating look into the politics … Continue reading

getting personal with Nabokov

From Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999, p.9: The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. There is alway a question about the genesis of a project. Where did the idea come from/what were … Continue reading