Click on an item to read a PDF of the original article.

Most of the articles in this big but incomplete archive were written for American Photo magazine, America Photo On Campus (its college edition), and American Photographer (its predecessor). Also included are a small number of stories from other magazines, most notably Photo/Design, Outdoor Photographer, and Digital Photo Pro, as well as some essays for photography books and exhibitions.

There are close to 200 articles here, featuring many of the most well-known photographers of our time and in photo history, though the emphasis is on contemporary work. My guess is that in my nearly 25 years at America Photo and its iterations I wrote several thousand pieces, from full profiles to surveys to book reviews, short to long. (I haven't included any of the countless stories I did about photo technology; aside from being out of date, they bore me!) Likewise, this collection is a very mixed bag, so you'll have to click on something to see if it piques your interest or serves your purposes. (See navigation instructions below.)

One other note... In putting this archive together, I often looked through old magazine issues for a particular article, only to discover that my byline wasn't on it. As an editor, you don't just assign stories to writers; once those stories are delivered, you work them over conceptually, structurally, and line by line. Not to diminish the efforts of good writers, but even a well-done story can require serious overhaul to work in the context of a particular magazine issue. In the process, you often end up feeling as if these articles are your own. I wish I could include some of the far greater number of stories I edited in this archive, but I have to let bylines be bylines!

Navigation: Note that it may take quite a few seconds for longer articles to appear on your screen; these are big files, reflecting the higher resolution needed for readable text. They should print very nicely, but note that many of the pages were originally half of a spread; they can be reassembled once they're back on paper.

Once the full PDF appears, scroll down for additional pages. The page may fill your screen; to downsize it in increments, or zoom in if need be, click the + (plus) or - (minus) magnifying-glass icons in the panel that pops up when you hover the cursor in the lower center of the screen. (Click multiple times to change increments.) Click the panel's viewing-loupe icon to create a separate, formatted PDF; click on the icon in the upper left of this PDF to display page thumbnails that can also be used for navigation. This file can be saved to your desktop for later reading or printing, though you can also save the web version that first appeared; this will create a fully functional PDF. (If the tool panel doesn't pop up in the PDF, remember that you can set page size, or zoom in and out, by clicking Command and the + or - keys on a Mac, or the Windows key and the + or - keys on a PC; you may need to click multiple times.)