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Book Review: Little Cities by Rich-Joseph Facun

In his second monograph, Little Cities, Rich-Joseph Facun guides viewers on a meandering meditation through Southeastern Ohio by depicting the vernacular post-industrial landscape. In their quiet formality, the images call to mind past dreams, and prompt us to look beyond what can be seen on the surface. Facun’s work explores some of the remaining signs
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Book Review: The Sniper Paused So He Could Wipe His Brow by Sean Lotman

Sean Lotman’s book, The Sniper Paused So He Could Wipe His Brow is a fantastic journey of images, with brief, whisper-like lines of poetry paced throughout a noticeably non-standard binding format (a tall thin book on the shelf). When the book is opened, it forms a square shape – much like Lotman’s images on the
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Book Review: East of Nowhere by Fabio Ponzio

During these last months, because of the war in Ukraine and its horrors, I have thought a lot about wars, about the weak. I think of the losers. I think of the east as a geographical place and, above all, as an idea. An idea that has always belonged to me. The East has always
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Book Review: EDGE by David Ricci

David Ricci is fascinated by the role that randomness and chance plays in our lives. There is an underlying rhythmic pulse in the universe which, at particular places and times, is manifested visually in spaces where order and chaos reach a taut balance. He looks for those scenes where a complex image, teetering at the
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Book Review: Tickety-Boo by Charles H. Traub

  One of the things many people admire and appreciate about Charles H. Traub‘s work is this: one can look at an image of his which immediately conjures, say, the work of Botticelli, or Michelangelo, or Diane Arbus or Robert Frank’s (and others who reside in the collective mind’s-eye of the world). And at the
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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: Sonata by Aaron Schuman

This is a different book. Or, at least, it is a photographic project which, to be fully appreciated, needs a specifically literary introduction. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1749. He was a German writer, poet, playwright, essayist, but also painter, theologian, philosopher, humanist, scientist, art critic and music critic.
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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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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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