As part of The Miami Rail's Visiting Writer Program, David Levi Strauss—eminent author, critic and teacher—will discuss his most recent book Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow: Essays on the Present and Future of Photography.
Over the course of twenty-five essays, Strauss discusses the work of artists who provoke us with revealing, clear-eyed investigations of the world in front of us and others who transport us to new realms, poetic and unreal—creative minds ranging from Frederick Sommer, Helen Levitt, Daido Moriyama and Joseph Beuys, to contemporary photographers Sally Mann, James Nachtwey, Susan Meiselas, Robert Bergman, Tim Davis and many others. Also considered are the groundbreaking theoretical writings of Susan Sontag and Jean-Luc Nancy, the films of Chris Marker and Stan Brakhage, and issues and events that have irrevocably altered the way we consider the medium of photography and how it communicates: 9/11, Abu Ghraib, the death of Osama bin Laden, the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.
This volume is part of Aperture Ideas: Writers and Artists on Photography, a series devoted to the finest critical and creative minds exploring key concepts in photography, including technologies of production and dissemination. The most recent title in the series, Understanding a Photograph by John Berger, with an introduction by Geoff Dyer, was released in January 2014.
David Levi Strauss is the author of Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow (Aperture, 2014), From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual (Oxford, 2010), Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics, with an introduction by John Berger (Aperture, 2003, and in a new edition, 2012), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics (Autonomedia, 1999, and in a new edition with a prolegomenon by Hakim Bey, 2010). Documenta 13 published his essay In Case Something Different Happens in the Future: Joseph Beuys and 9/11 as a booklet in their 100 Notes — 100 Thoughts series from Hatje Cantz. He is Chair of the graduate program in Art Criticism & Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he also runs the Art Criticism & Writing Lecture Series.