Michael David Murphy

An index to articles, essays and interviews from print, from behind paywalls, or from deleted sites.

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A representative sample of my writing(s) on photography, sorted chronologically.

Preferred links point to Medium - if you hit the paywall, please click the archive link. Articles without archive links were written/formatted specifically for Medium.


2018.04 - Michael Cohen’s Cigar Party — an Escapade in Photographic Forensics

([Michael Cohen’s Cigar Party — an Escapade in Photographic Forensics - on Medium](https://medium.com/@whileseated/michael-cohen-cigar-pictures-51807588b854))

(Michael Cohen’s Cigar Party — an Escapade in Photographic Forensics - on Medium)


2017.08 - Poking A Moment That’s Passed

Revisiting the sequence of events that yielded Steve Helber’s “flamethrower” photograph in Charlottesville. [Medium link]

(© Steve Helber)

(© Steve Helber)


2017.01 - Skip This Version / Do Not Install Update

(On MLK’s birthday, an affectionate exploration of Pete Souza’s photograph of Stevie Wonder in the Oval Office, and more.) [Medium link]

([Skip This Version / Do Not Install Update - on Medium](https://medium.com/@whileseated/skip-this-version-do-not-install-update-331b9c487fe4))

(Skip This Version / Do Not Install Update - on Medium)


2016.12 - Today’s Threat Level: Orange

A new look at, through, and beyond Brian Ulrich’s quiet masterpiece of post-9/11 American paranoia. [Medium link & Archive link]

(© Walker Evans)

(© Walker Evans)


2016.07 - Can I interrogate this photograph? Can I hold it here in front of me, arrested?

Looking at Jonathan Bachman’s photograph of an arrest in Baton Rouge.
[Medium link & Archive link]

([Can I interrogate this photograph? Can I hold it here in front of me, arrested? - on Medium](https://medium.com/@whileseated/can-i-interrogate-this-photograph-can-i-hold-it-here-in-front-of-me-arrested-62f81d0235fb))

(Can I interrogate this photograph? Can I hold it here in front of me, arrested? - on Medium)


2014.04 - Interview: Text Is A Slow Lover

Interview with Michael David Murphy about Unphotographable for Dash Magazine [Medium link & Archive link]

(Interview about Unphotographable for Dash Magazine)

(Interview about Unphotographable for Dash Magazine)


2014.04 - Foreign & Domestic

Curating an exhibiton photographs from Mark Alor Powell and Hannah Pierce-Carlson at Columbus State University.
[Medium link & Archive link]

“In the visual cacophony of a true megalopolis, Powell uses chaos to his advantage, drawing attention (compositionally & emotionally) to human authenticity; the little touches that make his subjects who they are. His is an exacting eye, carefully tuned to the weakness of power, and the strength of what’s hidden or unseen.”


2011.02 - A JPG Transcript of Jacques Derrida on Photography and Not Being Photographed

[Medium link & Archive link]


2009.06 - Reconsidering Winogrand

[Medium link & Archive link]

“It’s this quotidian attraction to the unspooling of time that creates the through-line of Winogrand’s effort. That there are precise moments and places on the planet where the truly extraordinary occurs, without actors, curtains, or fancy equipment, and that these places are often narrow and vanishing; perfect for a photographer with his finger on the shutter.”


2009.01 - ‘Off the Page: Kannapolis, NC’ for 8 Magazine

[Medium link & Archive link]
'Off the Page: Kannapolis, NC' for 8 Magazine


2008.07 - American Beauty

On the 50th Anniversary Edition of Robert Frank’s “The Americans” — originally published May, 2008, in The National — Abu Dhabi.
[Medium link & Archive link]


2008.01 - ‘Off the Page: Tod Papageorge’ for 8 Magazine

[Archive link] 'Off the Page: Todd Papageorge' for 8 Magazine