Issue 32 - Contents

Kalen Na’il Roach

My Dad Without Everybody Else

Kalen Na’il Roach’s My Dad Without Everybody Else utilises family photographs as tangible bases for the creation of personal histories and here Taous R. Dahmani considers the alteration of the photographic surface as an updated resurgence of nineteenth century Pictorialism.

Sondra Meszaros

Redrawing Power and Pleasure

Sondra Meszaros has amassed an archive of photographic imagery of the female body, as a way of thinking through the aesthetics and power dynamics of sexuality. Sara Knelman contemplates the artist’s use of appropriation that reflects our freedom to find ways of seeing that unsettle expectations and question desire.

Nan Goldin


On the occasion of Sirens, Nan Goldin’s exhibition at London’s Marian Goodman Gallery, Max Houghton discusses a body of work borne of a deeply personal impetus and with connections to loss and love; the repetitions of faces illuminated like old friends, or like someone passed in the street, half-noticed, yet intensely felt.

Michael Ashkin

Were it not for

Michael Ashkin’s exterior shots of unnamed places – vacant lots, empty ground, roadsides – have 680 lines of anaphoric verse assigned as captions. Eugénie Shinkle examines this elegy for a landscape shaped by cumulative minor desecrations, inevitable outcomes of the violence that inheres in casual acts of consumption.

Clare Strand

The Discrete Channel with Noise

Clare Strand remakes a series of black and white photographs remotely, by painting from a series of instructions communicated to her across the English Channel whilst on a residency in Paris. Duncan Wooldridge explores a work that plays with and amends our relationships to technology, drawing comment on the information society and its digital swarms.

Liz Orton

Every Body Is An Archive

Liz Orton’s collaboration with Professor Steve Halligan that meditates on the relationship between the body and medical imaging technologies. An essay from Diane Smyth unpicks Michel Foucault’s term, ‘medical gaze’, the dehumanising medical separation of the patient’s body from his or her person or identity.

Book Review

Top 10

Photobooks of 2020

Selected by Alex Merola and Tim Clark


Obituary for the artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin

By David Campany

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1000 Words is a leading online contemporary photography magazine. It commissions and publishes exhibition and photo book reviews, essays and interviews in response to the visual culture of our present moment. Founded by Tim Clark in 2008, the editorial commitment has always been to explore the possibilities for the medium whilst stimulating debate around current modes of practice, discourses and theory internationally.