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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/. Two of his books are in English: Ways of Perception, Bangkok 2006; Framing the World, Houston 2011.

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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Book Review: Changing Circumstances Looking at the Future of the Planet

Let me start this review with a photograph by Gina Glover: To me, this Titan Crane looks akin to a spaceship ramp and the mountain tops in the background contribute to the impression that something beyond our familiar world is looming somewhere out there. Although it is an apt illustration of the subtitle of this […]


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Book Review: Talking Stones by Elaine Ling

“Since my very beginnings as a photographer,” writes Elaine Ling, “I have been captivated by ancient stones and the messages they send us from the ages. This book brings together my decades of obsessive travel and photography dedicated to recording remarkable stones, both natural and man-made.” I also learn that most stones “were created to […]


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Book Review: Wilderness to Wasteland by David T. Hanson

I approach this book by looking at the pictures. And, while “knowing” that what my eyes are showing me happens to be wasteland (the title, after all, says: Wilderness to Wasteland), I assume I shouldn’t be pleased by what I’m looking at … but I am, I like these pictures, and feel attracted to them. […]


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Book Review: Deep Valley Dark Days by Danny Ghitis

Deep Valley, Dark Days, a self-published book by Brooklyn-based commercial and editorial photographer Danny Ghitis, is the result of a stay in upstate New York (thanks to an artist’s residency). On his website, he provides valuable background information as to how his work came about. He felt “unmoored after the end of a long relationship“ […]


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Book Review: War is Beautiful by David Shields

It is not often that one comes across a photo book cover that is meant to be read. In fact, among the many photo books that have passed through my hands I do not recall a single cover that provided a brief introduction. And, heaps of praise from well-known people. The intro by David Shields […]


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