Max Kozloff: Critic and Photographer

Best known as a historian and critic of modern art, Max Kozloff has focused much of his work on photography, a subject he has explored both in his writing and in his own practice as a photographer. After beginning his career as art editor for The Nation during the 1960s, he became a contributing editor for Artforum during its early years and culminated his tenure there as executive editor from 1975 to 1977. During those same years, Kozloff took up a camera and turned increasingly to photography criticism. In 1977 he had his first one-person exhibition at the Holly Solomon Gallery, and by 1979 he published an anthology of his early essays under the title Photography and Fascination.

In his own photographs, Kozloff often chooses subjects that pay tribute to the photographers that have figured prominently in his writing: shop windows that reference Eugène Atget and street scenes informed by Cartier-Bresson’s narrative compositions. Among the highlights of his work are a group of intimate artist portraits, evidence of the relationships he forged during his formidable career. The exhibition surveys Kozloff’s ongoing engagement with words and images, presenting his photographs alongside a reading room of his writings and a selection of works from the museum’s collection by some of the many photographers about whom he has written over the decades, from Walker Evans to Richard Avedon.

Exhibition Opening

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Saturday, October 5, 2013

  • Where: 

    The Art Institute of Chicago
    111 S. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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