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MATTE: Elisabeth Biondi, “The Pictures Have to Be Strong”

by Matthew Leifheit on October 7, 2013
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Even those unfamiliar with Elisabeth Biondi’s name have probably seen her work. Until she left The New Yorker in 2011, she had been their photo editor for fifteen years. Prior to that, she was the photo editor for Vanity Fair. And before that, she was the photo editor for Geo, a German magazine with a focus on geography, history, and world culture that went out of business in the 80’s. For this interview, I talked to Biondi about what it was like to work with photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Helmut Newton, what life at The New Yorker is like and how photography has changed since she got in the game. The short answer to that last question: video is going to have a much bigger presence in the future.

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Monday Links: Colossal Reads

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 6, 2013

Jeff Koons stands in front of his masterpiece, the BMW.

  • New York Mag has a colossal profile on Jeff Koons, his fame, and his lack of respect. [NY Mag]
  • The Parsons Festival of talks, workshops, and openings is in full swing. We’re most likely to see the MFA Design and Technology Exhibition, which opens Wednesday night. [Parsons]
  • William Gibson was interviewed at New York Public Library (NYPL) by Paul Holdengraber. About half of artforum’s write up is dedicated to discussing Neuromancer. My favorite part of the interview though, comes at the end, when Gibson notes that the main brach’s basement looks like a “Difference Engine”. In a different time in my life I worked in the Exhibitions Department at the NYPL, which was located in said basement. We used to call it, “The Indiana Jones Wing” of the library, as you always had the feeling a giant ball of stone was about to chase you down the corridors. – PJ [ArtForum]
  • Vanity Fair has a colossal piece on the details of Facebook’s purchase of Instagram, which is so long that we’re reserving for next weekend. [Vanity Fair]
  • An infographic of common names in Great Britain. [Uncertainty of Identity]
  • We’reAboutToGetSwarmedWithAGiantHordeofCicadas aieee! [Gothamist]
  • Chicago Magazine has produced a version of Art F City’s STUFF for Contemporary Art Daily’s Forrest Nash. [Chicago Magazine]
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