In conversation with the writer Pete Brook of Prison Photography and WIRED.


This week we caught up with the writer and #phonar collaborator Pete Brook .  He shares what he learned when he took his blog “Prison Photography” on the road and  introduces us to Michelle Vignes, the French photographer who was the very first staff member of Magnum.


Prison Photography

Cruel and Unusual exhibition:
Why we made a newspaper and not a traditional exhibition catalogue:
My reflections on my first experience curating and why Noorderlicht has all the right ingredients for a world class gallery:
And why, when Noorderlicht was threatened with cuts from the Dutch government, it was a hard fought battle:

Michelle Vignes

Good gallery of selected works:
Vignes’ photographs of the Summer Of Love:
Gallery and words by Michelle about covering the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz:
An American Vision / French photographer Michelle Vignes shoots from the inside
‘Bay Area Blues’ book:
“Magnum Salad”
Late into her life, Vignes collaborated with social activist artists. In 2011, with RIGO23:
A tribute to Michelle by friend Melanie Light:
Vignes realizes there is still great documentary work being done, but is unsure about where it is all going. ”They seem to work on the web,” said Vignes. “To me it is just like spitting in the wind.”
University of California Berkeley Bancroft Library adds photo archives of Michelle Vignes:

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