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Book Review: Homelands by Pieter de Vos

My interest in this book stems from a visit to South Africa in the early 1980s and the year that I spent there as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross, mostly in Kwazulu / Natal. So I have seen my share of South African townships. That was in the mid1990s, when […]


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Book Review: Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico was published in early 2019 to accompany the first major museum exhibition of Iturbide’s work on the East Coast at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This volume presents more than 100 beautifully reproduced black-and-white photographs, accompanied by illuminating essays inviting readers to share in Graciela Iturbide’s personal artistic journey through the […]


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Interview with photographer David Gardner

David Gardner is a landscape photographer who spends part of the year travelling around North America in a motor home capturing the world in front of him. For more background see the 2014 F-Stop interview with Gardner here www.fstopmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/interview-with-photographer-david-gardner   F-Stop Magazine: Revisiting the story (see link above) of how you were introduced to photography […]


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Book Review: Hair Stories by Rohina Hoffman

Hair is so ubiquitous, it’s a common thread not unlike the weather. Seemingly everyone has a comment or observation about the subject. ‘How does my hair look?’, ‘I cried when my hair was cut,’ or ‘I’m having a ‘bad hair day’. Hair Stories is centered around the experience of women and their hair, yet the […]


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Book Review: Havana Youth by Greg Kahn

Greg Kahn says he wants Havana Youth to break the stereotype of what it means to be Cuban. The country’s current identity by and large was formed on a sense of collectivism: the idea of the benefit of a large group of people versus the individual. The youth of Cuba today are striving to break […]


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Book Review: Dear Mr. Picasso by Fred Baldwin

Fred Baldwin, born in 1929 in Lausanne, Switzerland, a self-declared “academic disaster,” learned “that to pass through the portals of privilege it was necessary to walk a straight line, suffer every test without complaining, follow the program no questions asked, and recognize authority from the top down.” In other words: This very well-written tome introduces […]


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Book Review: In the Shadow of Genius: The Brooklyn Bridge and its Creators by Barbara G. Mensch

Barbara Mensch presents an ode to a bridge that looms large in American history. The Brooklyn Bridge. She captured images made over decades of living and working literally in the shadow of the Brooklyn bridge. She undoubtedly has looked, really looked, at the structure for decades. Her research and presentation of the bridge on the […]


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Book Review: Hopes & Dreams from Cuba by Hilary Duffy

Hilary Duffy is a New York City-based photographer whose “ongoing practice is rooted in visual storytelling through collaboration.” I understand this to mean that her pictures are staged – and quite some obviously are. Probably not all of them because collaboration can also mean that the persons photographed agreed to being photographed or that they […]


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Book Review: TRACE – Kota Ezawa, Tabitha Soren, Penelope Umbrico

TRACE is the first of a triptych series published by Yoffy Press. Since the Spanish word for ‘Three’ is Tres, I enjoyed the ironic play on words and double meaning for this publication of three separate books by artists Kota Ezawa, Tabitha Soren and Penelope Umbrico. Each book could stand on its own for the […]


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Interview with photographer Alexey Vasilyev

Cary Benbow (CB): Why do you photograph? What compels you to make the images you create? Alexey Vasilyev (AV): I take pictures because I know how to do it, and it would be silly not to do something that you can do the best of all. At least, I want to believe that I know […]


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