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Book Review: American Psyche: The Unlit Cave by George Elsasser

America Walt Whitman, 1819 – 1892 Centre of equal daughters, equal sons, All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old, Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich, Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love, A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother, Chair’d in the adamant of Time. American Psyche: The Unlit Cave is a […]


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Book Review: The Rest Between Two Notes: Selected works by Fran Forman

Fran Forman describes her work as photo paintings, and her method of creating work is much like a traditional collage artist. Forman works with digital photographic images and creates scenes, environments, and one could argue realities, which are not found in real life. In her introduction to the book, noted curator Paula Tognarelli writes: “Through […]


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Book Review: Grönland by Ulrike Crespo

Grönland (Greenland) is a tome in German and English by Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019) whose background in art history, archaeology and psychology seems to have influenced her photographic work. To me at least, the cover and pic number 6, for instance, look as fascinatingly indecipherable as our unconscious. What attracted me first and foremost to this […]


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Book Review: House Music by Charles Rozier

House Music by Charles Rozier is a collection of images spanning roughly thirty years of lovingly unpretentious moments focusing on the lives of his immediate and extended family. Flipping through House Music is like paging through someone’s family album, and all the images were taken by ‘Dad’, who we only see in one shadowy glimpse. The […]


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Book Review: Phil Bergerson: A Retrospective

Canadian photographer and educator Phil Bergerson (b. 1947, Toronto) “found his calling as a photographer in the American social and cultural landscape” in the late 1980s while on a sabbatical from teaching at Ryerson University. “The focus of his work ever since has been the signs, display windows, hand-painted murals and graffiti found in cities […]


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Book Review: Frauen erneuern Havanna by Christine Heidrich

Editor and architect Christine Heidrich is the founder of a company that creates concepts, designs, colour tones, and atmospheres for architecture, exhibitions, productions and city spaces. Texts for this tome were provided by her and Irén Blanco-Inceosman, Maria Victoria Zardoya Loureda, and Peter Widmer. Moreover, there is also a series of very well-composed photographs by […]


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Book Review: Doug’s Gym: The Last of its Kind by Norm Diamond

Norm Diamond notes that on his first trip to Doug Eidd’s gym in downtown Dallas, he climbed a sagging wooden staircase to find a rundown old gym above a storefront attorney’s office. The place held a sense of an outmoded era, and while Diamond avoided gyms for most of his life, he was attracted to […]


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Book Review: Reconciliation by S. Billie Mandle

Appearances can be deceiving at times. Often. S. Billie Mandle’s book, speaking of faith, confirms this. But I do not want to deceive you and deceive me on the grounds of a single creed, which would make this work too partial: the faith I am talking about is anthropological; it is a condition that we […]


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Book Review: Extinction Party by Jonathan Blaustein

Photographer, conceptual artist, and writer Jonathan Blaustein has been steadfastly working over ten years on a related series of projects that explore overconsumption absurdity, environmental disregard, all the while peppered with satirical comments on extinction-level problems. His photos, whether it’s of a row of tomatillos, or a clump of turf, are photographed against a plain […]


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Book Review: Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph by Odette England

The publication of Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph marks the 40th anniversary of French literary theorist Roland Barthes’ renowned work Camera Lucida (La Chambre claire). It is arguably one of the most influential books about photography. Odette England invited more than 200 photography-based artists, writers, critics, curators, and historians from around the world to contribute […]


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