Author Archives: 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/

Book Review: Gull Juju by Lukas Felzmann

Photographer Lukas Felzmann, born 1959 in Zürich, Switzerland, lives in San Francisco and teaches photography at Stanford University. “Gull Juju” shows photographs from the Farallon Islands, a group of small volcanic islands, situated about 45 kilometers west of San Francisco … Continue reading

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Book Review: Last Best Hiding Place by Tim Richmond

“Places, like people, can seem alone, filled with melancholy,” Tim Richmond introduces his photographs of the American West. What we get to see in this tome is, well, deserted streets, a train on its way into a vast emptiness, some … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stories of Change – Beyond the ‘Arab Spring’ – World Press Photo

Remember when Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power? The TV reports of Cairo’s Tahrir Square? The time when lots of people in Northern Africa were full of hope that their lives would get better? Petra Stienen, “an independent advisor in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Minor White Manifestations of the Spirit by Paul Martineau

Minor White by Paul Martineau, associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, contains 4 color and 160 b/w illustrations. And a well-written text entitled “My Heart Laid Bare” that provides varied information about the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Photographic Composition Principles of Image Design by Albrecht Rissler

Albrecht Rissler worked as a professor of drawing and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. The subject of image composition, I read, “often informed by photography, is a key topic in his courses on illustration and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Inside Tracks by Rick Smolan

  I felt impressed, enchanted, moved, encouraged, and uplifted by this truly wonderful work. It is one of these rare books that not only inspire but empower you. That’s on the one hand to do with the stunning images (and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fifty Shrinks by Sebastian Zimmermann

Fifty Shrinks combines photographs by Sebastian Zimmermann, a psychiatrist and photographer, of therapists’ offices as well as interviews with therapists. “As you read through the book, you will be struck by the variety of mood, ambience, and furnishing, mirroring the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elena Perlino’s Pipeline

Elena Perlino, a documentary photographer born 1972 in Italy, lives in Paris and attempts, as I read on the back cover of her book Pipeline, “to show the complexities and contradictions” of migrant Nigerian prostitutes’ experiences in Italy. I’m not … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jasper Morrison’s The Good Life

The title of this tome, The Good Life, immediately made me think of another work with the same title that I have a special fondness for. It is by Gerald Roscoe and happens to be A Guide to Buddhism for … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pamela Littky’s Vacancy

“Perhaps it was the dramatically macabre title – the Gateway to Death Valley – that sparked my curiosity. I found myself wanting to explore these small towns and observe the kind of people who would live in the middle of … Continue reading

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