From Artforum, a review of Words Without Pictures. The first era of photography: The British Library unveils an important archive of historic images tracing the development of the medium from its beginnings in 1839 to the early 1900s. For decades, a unique collection of historic photographs of the Orient lay forgotten at the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology; now, the stock of 18,000 pictures has been catalogued and made accessible. Jordan Bear reviews Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon and Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field by Anne Whiston Spirn (and more and more). A review of Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present (and more). Susan Sontag's On Photography is an essential text for anyone working on the still image. Exposure time: Too often, photography is a tool of deception, but future technology could change all that. From Bomb, an interview with Mitch Epstein on American Power, a book of photographs dealing with energy production and consumption (and more and more). A makeshift world: For the photographer Thomas Demand, Germany is like any other country because it is haunted by history. The Restless Medium: A review of Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before by Michael Fried. A review of Photography and Science by Kelley Wilder. A review of Photography and Literature by Francois Brunet. If you just want tips on cameras, try Popular Photography; however, if you value the art and culture of photography, give American Photo a look-see. Meet the next best street photographer: Has Google joined the ranks of Robert Frank and Helen Levitt?