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Author Archive: Cary Benbow

About Cary Benbow

Photographer, Writer, Publisher of Wobneb Magazine

Interview with photographer Catherine Panebianco

The work of Catherine Panebianco was already familiar to me before reviewing her work featured in Issue #116. I knew of Panebianco’s work from her project No Memory is Ever Alone and her book Holding Time, which was published by Yoffy Press in March 2022. Her project was created in response to her father’s old
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Book Review: It’s Been Pouring: The Dark Secret of the First Year of Motherhood by Rachel Papo

Rachel Papo’s book, It’s Been Pouring, is brave. Her words and images explore postpartum depression and expose the often dark and widely misunderstood period of time many mothers inhabit – a period of time fraught with contradictions. “You should be so happy!” (they say), but exhaustion wracks your body and mind. Papo’s experience and this
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Book review: The Fragility of Fatherhood by Troy Colby

The images Troy Colby includes in The Fragility of Fatherhood remind me of feeling calm amidst the chaos of being a parent. Colby shows us candid images of his child in various states of emotion: being sad, content, daydreaming, aloof, or asleep on the couch. Perhaps he is posing, maybe he’s really asleep in some
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Book Review: Puberty by Laurence Philomène

Puberty is a self-portrait project by Laurence Philomène which looks at the intimate and vital process of self-care as a non-binary transgender person undergoing hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). Shot over a period of two years, it combines surreal colors and mundane environments to document daily moments and slow, subtle physical changes occurring during Philomène’s transition. Looking
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Featured photographer Marna Clarke

Portraits that explore aging and acceptance Time As We Know It, Marna Clarke’s 12-year long project visualizes aging bodies, intimacy, determination, and self-acceptance. Work from this project is being featured for Issue 115 – Partnership. Clarke’s insightful photographs share aspects of her life, and her 20 year partnership with Igor Sazevich. Her images of daily
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Interview with photographer Rick van der Klooster

The featured photographer for ‘Issue 114 – The Portrait 2022’ is Netherlands-based artist Rick van der Klooster. For this issue, contributors were prompted by: What makes a portrait a portrait? How is it different from a snapshot, still life or a landscape? Do we learn who a person is from a portrait or do we
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Book review: Mountaintops to Moonscapes / Oil Sands / Tar Sands by Alan Gignoux

I was generously asked to review a trio of books by Alan Gignoux recently. Alan’s images and featured interviews in his books Oil Sands and Tar Sands show the effects of petroleum industry impact on the land of Alberta, Canada. Many aerial photos depict the surface of Alberta scraped clean of anything green and growing.
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Reaching for Dawn by Elliott Verdier

Liberia’s population generally does not speak of the bloody civil war which took place from 1989-2003. No proper memorial has been built, no day is dedicated to the commemoration of the brutal conflict. The country largely refuses to officially condemn its perpetrators, which hinders the collective healing process, and possibility of social recognition of the
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Book Review: Conversations with Dad by Carissa Dorson

The story of a daughter and her father building a closer relationship through their shared passion for photography  I’m personally at a time in my life when my oldest child, Alison, is graduating college this month –  and I can’t help but wax nostalgic. Conversations With Dad by Carissa Dorson is the salve for the
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Interview with photographer David Ricci

David Ricci is a Massachusetts based photographer whose work is featured in Issue #112 – Amusement.  Ricci has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at the Fogg Museum at Harvard, Art Complex Museum, Berkshire Museum, Iris Gallery, Panopticon Gallery, UMASS-Amherst and Brown University and group exhibitions at the DeCordova, Danforth and Fleming Museums and at Rosenberg+Kaufman
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