Daily Dose Pick: Photography as Fiction

Erin. C. Garcia’s new book Photography as Fiction culls some of the most vivid imagery from the archives of LA’s J. Paul Getty Museum.

Garcia, assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the Getty, has gone to great lengths to select some of the most robust and telling photographs in the museum’s collection. The results, which include offerings from Man Ray, Joel Peter Witkin, Thomas Eakins, and Alfred Stieglitz, run the gamut of the form’s more breathtaking representation of story.

The majority of the photographers featured rely upon a heady combination of real life and imagination to visualize the stories they tell. And whether it’s through John Plumbe Jr.’s 1842 Portrait of a Man Reading a Newspaper (plate 1 in the collection) or Loretta Lux’s 2005 Sasha and Ruby (plate 76), the narrative thrust of Photography as Fiction is a consistently bold one.

Visit the Getty’s official website, check out its venue page on Flavorpill LA, and buy a copy of the book.

Click through below for a gallery of images from the book.


Julia Margaret Cameron, Venus Chiding Cupid and Removing His Wings, 1872. Albumen silver print, 32.4 x 27.3 cm (12 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 84.XM.443.4, From Photography as Fiction, Getty Publications.