Brian Ulrich

Photographs Not Taken: A Collection of Photographers' Essays


Featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, La Repubblica, Wired, Photograph, and Artnet

Edited by Will Steacy
Introduction by Lyle Rexer
Paperback, 232 pages

Photographs Not Taken is a collection of essays by photographers about moments that never became a picture. Conceived and edited by Will Steacy, each photographer was asked to abandon the camera and, instead, use words to recreate the image that never made it through their lens.

Featuring contributions from over sixty photographers!


This month latently, we have our 2nd Invite. I first met Greg Stimac while working at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Greg and I shared a love of photography and troublemaking, as epitomized through our work. In fact I still cherish those long days of driving around suburbs with Greg in slow motion, listening for the far off sounds of a lawn mower. With some photography there is a keen sense of disbelief in wondering how it gets made and watching Greg in action did little to try to comprehend what motivates him to walk up to a man pushing his lawnmower on a Sunday and instantly direct him to keep on mowing for his picture. Since, Greg has made videos, photographs, some drawings and generally pushed the boundaries of what one vehicle, his car, is able to perform in it's lifetime (maybe Amy Stein will bring him some gas on the side of the road one day).

Some time ago friend and photographer, Bill Sullivan and I were brainstorming about the blog and what it could and could not do. It occurred to us that far too often many were trying to impose older (non internet) forms upon the photography blogs rather than focus on what they are indeed good at. It also became clear that the blog was a wonderful way to get insight into ones artistic character. With this in mind we approached a few museums with the idea of creating a blog residency. Where for one month an artist who normally doesn't do much blogging would be invited to post. None took us up but we held the idea until Taj asked me to contribute to the Daylight blog. We thought not only could it provide accessibility to an artist who normally doesn't have that sort of broadcast., but it could be a further understanding of concepts, influences and working process.ShareThis