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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: Campesino Cuba by Richard Sharum

These black and white photographs radiate something extremely powerful. The scenes they depict appear archaic. How come? It’s what black and white photographs tend to do, I suppose, for they weren’t taken in ancient times but in today’s world. It’s as though some mystical, time-less aura emanates from these images. These photographs document scenes from
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BOOK REVIEW: The Bonds We Share by Dr. Glenn Losack

Glenn Losack most definitely has the good eye that makes a photographer a photographer. No idea, how many shots he needed to come up with these pics but the ones he selected for this book are truly outstanding. I for one was most intrigued by how many of the portrayed looked straight into the camera,
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BOOK REVIEW: What She Said by Deanna Templeton

When I first glanced through this book, I thought, well, I guess this is not for me. These youngsters live in a world that is surely totally foreign and very likely incomprehensible to me, a retired man living in Switzerland. Yet for reasons unbeknownst to me, I again and again turned to the pictures that
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BOOK REVIEW: Mulholland by Karen Halverson

For reasons I’m not really sure of, Mulholland triggers feelings of longing in me. I guess it’s to do with the Raymond Chandler mysteries that I read in my youth and that I associate with this winding stretch of road that follows the ridgeline of the Hollywood Hills. “I fell in love with Mulholland Drive
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Book Review: Night on Earth by Art Wolfe

“Every night, an unseen buzz of activity takes place all around the globe,” I read on the blurb of this formidable work. This reminds me of a talk given 14 years ago in Southern California by a biologist who informed the listeners about the dangers of artificial light during nighttime. I specifically remember being stunned
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Book Review: Águas de Ouro by Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

“Synonymous with paradise and glamour, Ipanema was once an exclusive provenance of the wealthy elite, where songs of love and splendor were written to the tall, tan, young, and lovely girls passing along the waterfront. Today, all that has changed and Ipanema now welcomes Brazilians from all walks of life to partake in the pleasures
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Book Review: Cuba by Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

What a superb cover! was my first reaction to this tome. The two other pics (the one on the cover can also be found in the book) that you see here were not selected by me but by the publisher. The car is a perfect example of a picture that I would never choose for
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Book Review: MAGNUM 2020 by Magnum Photographers

“Was it (2020) the end of something? The start of something else? Or merely a blip in an increasingly chaotic and fast-changing world?” asks Magnum President Olivia Arthur in her foreword. “The jury is still out,” the press release says. “But this book commits the year to paper and offers a means for us to
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Book Review: Arctic Heroes by Ragnar Axelsson

Photographer Ragnar Axelsson (*1958) hails from Island and has been documenting the Arctic (people, animals, landscapes) for more than forty years. The black and white photographs in this book were taken between 1986 and 2020 in Greenland; they give testimony to the extraordinary relationship between sledge dogs and hunters. “Time and again, I visited small
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Book Review: Old Is New by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida

The firm New Material Research Laboratory (NMRL) was founded in 2008 by Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1948) and Tomoyuki Sakakida (born 1976) and is guided by the idea that “The oldest things are the newest.” Since I’m at a loss what this exactly means, I turn to the press release that informs me that “Sugimoto and
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