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Marco Breuer on the photograph as object

By Isabel Dunn

A photograph is commonly understood to act as a window, crystallizing a subject or moment in time. Artist Marco Breuer, however, subverts this traditional understanding of the medium, exploring the inherent limitations of photographic materials rather than using them to record the world outside. His work employs radical techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, and investigates the potential of the photograph as an object unto itself, beyond its ability to represent notions of external reality. Read more

David Douglas Duncan at 100: A month of tributes to David Douglas Duncan in honor of his 100th birthday—Part 4

By Harry Ransom Center

In the final installment of our tribute to David Douglas Duncan in the month of his 100th birthday, photographer Louie Palu offers a poignant reflection on the impact of Duncan’s combat photographs on his own work in war zones. Three photographs from Palu’s series The Fighting Season are featured in the upcoming Harry Ransom Center exhibition Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions, opening February 9, and more of his work can be studied in our Reading and Viewing Rooms. Once again, all of us at the Ransom Center would like to wish David Douglas Duncan our warmest wishes as he enters his 101st year.


When I was a teenage aspiring photographer I was shaped by the work of David Douglas Duncan. His book of photographs from the Korean conflict, This is War!, expressed the psychological and emotional fragility of human beings affected by war unlike any other photographer’s work. Read more