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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: Element by Yoffy Press

Element is the 5th in Yoffy Press’ Triptych series – a project where three artists collaborate to each create a book under the same theme and title. The books are sold as a set. Element features Matthew Brandt, Chris McCaw and Meghann Riepenhoff and has an essay printed across the back covers by Jon Mooallem. Allowing
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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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Book Review: Punk, Post Punk, New Wave by Michael Grecco

Michael Grecco grew up in the Boston area during the era of punk and new wave music. In fact, Boston was a center, if not the epicenter, of these movements. But in the 70s and 80s, when Grecco was shooting most of these images, a lot of the people featured in his book were from
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Book Review: Sea Level by Mandy Williams

Sea Level is a series of images made in Worthing, England w­here Mandy Williams lived as a teenager. Making images in familiar places is prominent in her work, and the diaristic nature of the project is both a comment on the sense of place she experiences, as well as the overlaid ideas of the appreciation,
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Book Review: Year of the Beast by Tara Wray

Year of the Beast is a photo diary of 2020 featuring scenes from life in rural Vermont, under a looming specter of doom. It isn’t a book about the pandemic. It’s a record of a specific time and place as seen through the eyes of one photographer, but with universal themes and universal appeal. “I can’t
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Book Review: The Boys by Rick Schatzberg

When two of his oldest friends died unexpectedly, Rick Schatzberg (born in 1954) turned to photography to cope with his grief. He spent the next year and a half photographing his remaining group of a dozen men who have been close since early childhood. Now in their 67th year, “The Boys,” as they call themselves,
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Book Review: The Plain by Melanie Friend

I do not find these photographs especially well-crafted, do not deem the framing very appealing but, nevertheless, I feel drawn to them because wide open spaces attract me. In other words, I do not think you can do much wrong when photographing open landscapes. Such was my take after a first and rather casual look
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