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Author Archive: Hans Durrer

About Hans Durrer

Hans Durrer is an author and addiction counsellor based in Switzerland. www.hansdurrer.com/, 12-step-addiction-treatment.blogspot.ch/ His book Framing the World is now available in print and can be ordered at lark@alondrapress.com

Book Review: The Human Cost of Agrotoxins by Pablo E. Piovano

This tome documents the catastrophic consequences of inconsiderate use of agrotoxins by Monsanto in the Northeast of Argentina over twenty years, mainly congenital malformations. But there are also other kinds of sufferings that are not readily visible: miscarriages and cancer, as photojournalist Pablo E. Piovano, born 1981, states. Unsurprisingly, most media rarely write about it. […]


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Book Review: The Best of LensCulture Vol. 1

“How to discover the best practitioners worldwide amidst our image-filled cultures of the 21st century?”, Jim Casper, the Editor-in-Chief of LensCulture, asks in his introduction. “Our editorial team scours the globe – attending festivals, portfolio reviews, exhibitions and graduation shows – in search of new and developing talents. And each year, we organize four annual […]


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Book Review: Destino Final by Giancarlo Ceraudo

From 1976 until 1983 Argentina was held hostage by a military dictatorship. Approximately 5,000 opponents of the brutal regime were put on planes and thrown into the sea. “They were unconscious: we undressed them and when the captain of the flight gave us the order we opened the door and threw them out, naked, on […]


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Book Review: waterforms by Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

“My photography depends on access to protected open spaces and would not be possible without it. It is the quiet, natural landscape that inspires and nurtures. Behind that experience is the dedication and advocacy of local and national conservation groups, along with all who value land protection and contribute in any way”, writes Dorothy Kerper […]


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Book Review: The Lumen Seed by Judith Crispin

My way of approaching photo books isn’t systematic, doesn’t follow any rules. Sometimes, I start with the beginning, sometimes, I read the press release first, sometimes, I look at the photographs first. In the case of The Lumen Seed by Judith Crispin I did all of the three almost simultaneously. I’ve very much warmed to […]


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Book Review: A Crack in the World: Five Acres in Mariposa by Barbara Kyne

Reading the title of this tome, I felt immediately reminded of Leonard Cohen’s lines “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” The focus of the photographs in this book is indeed the light. But isn’t this always the case when it comes to photography? For to photograph means, […]


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Book Review: Border: a journey along the edges of Russia by Maria Gruzdeva

Until most recently, my interest in Russia was rather limited. There are the writers that I adore – Dostoyevsky, Tolstoi, Chekhov and Gogol – and there are thrillers like Gorky Park that I’m fond of. And then, on short trips to Latvia and Estonia, countries with a high percentage of Russians, I became somewhat curious […]


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Book Review: Afghanistan Between Hope and Fear by Paula Bronstein

I’ve often wondered whether photographs from conflict zones really make a difference. There are of course the ones that have become icons such as Nick Ut’s photo of Kim Phuc – and been attributed a significance that back then they probably did not have. Well, who knows? What we do however know is that the […]


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Book Review: Little North Road by Daniel Traub

Little North Road portrays Africans, most of them in their Sunday best, on a pedestrian bridge in Guangzhou, Southern China. The portrayals are meant to illustrate that they are doing fine abroad. How did the book come about? Photographer Daniel Traub stumbled across two Chinese guys, Wu Yong Fu and Zeng Xian Fang, who took […]


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Book Review: Garden State by Corinne Silva

It was above all the title that attracted me to this tome: Garden State. For reasons unbeknownst to me my mind associated it with Florida (quite wrongly, this is the Sunshine State) and South Africa (because of the Garden Route) yet since I wasn’t too sure I googled it and learned that New Jersey was […]


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