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Nancy Brokaw (1947-)

Nancy Brokaw, writer and editor, currently serves as Associate Director of Communications of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Former senior editor of The Photo Review, she currently serves as a contributing editor for that publication.

Brokaw earned a bachelor's degree in English from Brown University and an MFA in photography from the University of Delaware. She is currently studying the history of art, architecture and photography in the master's program at Penn. She has exhibited her photographic work at the Delaware Art Museum, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Abington Art Center, and other venues, and taught photography at the University of Delaware and Abington Art Center. Brokaw served as director of Level 3 Photography Gallery in Philadelphia from 1988 to 1992.

Brokaw produces critical and historical texts on photography, and also writes about art, literature, travel, and other topics. She is currently collaborating with photographer David H. Wells on a book about Philadelphia's 30th Street Station.

Contact: Nancy Brokaw at nada1@voicenet.com.

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A Nancy Brokaw Bibliography

Selected Articles

"Making It Real: Photographic Truth in a Digital Age," The Photo Review, 26:4 (Fall 2002).


"Aux Morts de la Commune: Photographs from the Paris Commune of 1871," The Photo Review, 24:4 (Fall 2001), 6-10, 22.

"The View from Abroad: Some Recent Travel Photographs," The Photo Review, 24:1 & 2 (Winter/Spring 2001), 21-24.

"Barclay Hendricks," in Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in Pennsylvania Painting, 1950-2000, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 2001.


"The Face of Crime: Mug Shots from Bertillon to Pol Pot," The Photo Review, 23:2 (Spring 2000), 24-27.

"Photographing Odysseus: Frank Hurley & the Shackleton Expedition," The Photo Review, Winter 2000, 17-20.

"Abelardo Morell: Take Two," The Photo Review, 22:3 & 4 (Summer/Fall 1999), 46-47.

"Annu Palakunnathu Matthew," The Photo Review, 21:1 (Spring 1998), 22-23.

Selected Book Reviews


Review of Golden Gate, by Richard Misrach, The Photo Review, 25:3 (Summer 2002).

Review of Heads, by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, essay by Luc Sante, The Photo Review, 25:3 (Summer 2002).

Review of Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth, edited by Jock Reynolds, essays by Terry Tempest and Jock Reynolds and interview by Philip Brookman, The Photo Review, 25:2 (Spring 2002), 18-19.

Review of Havana, by Robert Polidori, essay by Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, The Photo Review, 23:3 (Summer 2001), 48.

Review of Lady Hawarden: Studies from Life 1857-1864, by Virginia Dodier, introduction by Marina Warner and afterword by Mark Haworth-Booth, The Photo Review, 23:4 (Fall 2000), 24.

Review of Another Water (The River Thames, for Example), by Roni Horn, The Photo Review, 23:2 (Spring 2000), 31.

Review of The Edge of the City, by Charles Pratt, and The Edge of Night: Urban Landscape Photography, by Catherine Opie, Richard Rothman, and Tokihiro Sato, The Photo Review, 23:1 (Winter 2000), 26.

Review of Sevruguin and the Persian Image: Photographs of Iran, 1870-1930, by Frederick N. Bohrer, essays by Corien J.M. Vuurman and Theo M. Martens, Rexa Sheikh, Ali Behdad, and Julia Ballerini, The Photo Review, 23:1 (Winter 2000), 26.


"Bourke-White on Paper," a review of Power and Paper: Margaret Bourke-White, Modernity, and the Documentary Mode, by John R. Stomberg, The Photo Review, 22:3 & 4 (Summer/Fall 1999), 12.

Review of Woman Thinking River, by Susan Derges, essays by Mark Haworth-Booth, Charlotte Cotton, and James Danziger, The Photo Review, 22:3 & 4 (Summer/Fall 1999), 49.

Review of Texas Death Row, photographs by Ken Light, essay by Susan Donovan, The Photo Review, 22:2 (Spring 1999), 32-33.


Review of Living on a Dream: A Marriage Tale, by Patt Blue, The Photo Review, 21:4 (Fall 1998), 34.

Review of Bruce Cratsley: White Light, Silent Shadows, texts by Bruce Cratsley, Barbara Head Millstein, Sherry Suris, Julia Van Haaften, and Elsa Dorfman, The Photo Review, 21:3 (Summer 1998), 32.

Review of Humble Work & Mad Wanderings: Street Life in the Machine Age, by Ken Appollo, The Photo Review, 21:2 (Spring 1998), 27.

Review of Cuba y Cuba, by René Burri, foreword by Marco Meier and poetry by Miguel Barnet, The Photo Review, 21:2 (Spring 1998), 28-29.

Review of Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape, by David T. Hanson, preface by Wendell Berry and afterword by Mark Dowie, The Photo Review, 21:1 (Winter 1998), 25.

Review of Heaven of Animals, by Keith Carter, afterword by Griel Marcus, The Photo Review, 21:1 (Winter 1998), 25-26.

Review of John Deakin: Photographs, by Robin Muir, The Photo Review, 21:1 (Winter 1998), 26.

Review of Jazz-Age Boomtown, by Jerry L. Rodnitzky and Shirley R. Rodnitzky, The Photo Review, 21:1 (Winter 1998), 26-27.


Review of Shadowcatchers: A Directory of Women in California Photography before 1901, and Shadowcatchers: A Directory of Women in California Photography, 1900-1920, by Peter E. Palmquist, The Photo Review, 20:2 (Spring 1997), 32-33.

Review of Under the Sun: Photographs by Christopher Bucklow, Susan Derges, Garry Fabian Miller, and Adam Fuss, introduction by Jeffrey Fraenkel and essay by David Alan Mellor, The Photo Review, 20:2 (Spring 1997), 34.


Review of Women Photographers, by Constance Sullivan, essay by Eugenia Parry Janis, The Photo Review, 15:2 (Spring 1992), 29-31.

Review of Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West, by Richard Misrach, text by Myriam Weisang Misrach, The Photo Review, 15:1 (Winter 1992), 13.


Review of Eadweard Muybridge in Guatemala, 1875: The Photographer as Social Recorder, text by E. Bedford Burns, The Photo Review, 13:1 (Winter 1990), 7.


Review of Chiarenza: Landscapes of the Mind, by Carl Chiarenza, introduction by Estelle Jussim, The Photo Review, 11:2 (Spring 1988), 21.

Review of John Thomson: A Window to the Orient, by Stephen White, The Photo Review, 11:2 (Spring 1988), 22.

Review of Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography, by Vicki Goldberg, The Photo Review, 11:1 (Winter 1988), 18.

Review of Bill Burke Portraits, essay by Raymond Carver and preface by Andy Grundberg, The Photo Review, 11:1 (Winter 1988), 18.

(Photo Credit: "Portrait of Nancy Brokaw" by Tom Sherman. © Copyright 2002 by Tom Sherman. All rights reserved.)

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