American Photo's dual covers for July/August 2006.


Editor’s Choice 2006
Our annual buying guide for all things photographic has a new look, and several new categories, to bring you up to speed on the latest imaging technology.


Gordon Parks was much more than a photographer, musician, poet and film director. He was a symbol who became a cultural icon. Here, former Newsweek photographer Lester Sloan writes about the man who inspired him, and others, to take up photography and dream big dreams.

The biggest photography book of the year, so far, has to be David LaChapelle’s new career retrospective, provocatively titled Artists and Prostitutes. Here’s a sneak peak, plus an exclusive interview with one of the top photographers of our time.

Arthur Grace became one of the world’s top documentary photographers, then moved to Los Angeles to shoot entertainment pictures. Now he’s back to his roots with a new book that takes a surreal look at an all-American event: state fairs. But there’s a troubling lawsuit in his past…

Is is it all right to make a toddler cry, even if it’s for art’s sake? Portraitist Jill Greenberg discusses her controversial new show in Los Angeles, reveals how she made the little ones cry, and most important, explains why she did it.

Editor’s Note

Choosing the Top Gear
Behind the scenes at our yearly Editor’s Choice judging, which comes this year with a new look and more advanced photographic technology than ever before.