David Levi Strauss
David Levi Strauss is a writer and critic based in New York, where his essays and reviews appear regularly in Artforum and Aperture. He is the author of Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics; Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics; and Broken Wings: The Legacy of Landmines, with photographs by Bobby Neel Adams. Before moving to New York in 1993, he edited the literary journal, Acts (1982-90) and published his first collection of poems, Manoeuvres. He teaches in the Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and in the new graduate program in Art Criticism & Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
In his introduction to Between the Eyes, John Berger wrote, “Strauss, who is a poet and storyteller as well as being a renowned commentator on photography. . . looks at photography very hard. . . and comes face-to-face with the unexplained. Again and again. The unexplained that he encounters has only little to do with the mystery of art and everything to do with the mystery of countless lives being lived.” And Luc Sante wrote, “David Levi Strauss brings an eloquent and deep moral seriousness to his examination of photography. Again and again he makes the ringing point that trying to separate aesthetics and politics can only result in vacuity. He is photography’s troubled conscience.”