There has been an explosion of noteworthy blogs that take a serious look at the textual criticism of photography in popular culture. As a photographer, I think this is a very interesting and valuable contribution to our cultural evolution. Photographs perform across our media landscape in ways that are unexpected and possibly even counter to the intentions of those who make and distribute them.
One blog in particular that I am impressed by is No Caption Needed, run by Robert Hariman from Northwestern University and John Lucaites at Indiana University. I have argued many times in this blog that photographs operate in ways that are independent from their context and subject matter, and it is my goal to keep exploring how this works. Hariman, Lucaites and others who write for No Caption Needed take a similar approach, bringing out the performative aspects of notable contemporary photographs in an imaginative and thought provoking way.