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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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Book Review: Vale by Robert Darch

Vale is the latest book by photographer Robert Darch. Darch creates narrative fictions which explore ideas and feelings based on his early adulthood. The sense of loss he experienced in his twenties is expressed in eerie or spooky scenes of the rural idyllic English countryside. These scenes sometimes include figures, and oftentimes we are shown
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Book Review: Night Calls by Rebecca Norris Webb

Night Calls, Rebecca Norris Webb’s third full-length monograph, is a bit more complex than a simple collection of photography. The book is photography, family history, and Webb’s own personal story all wrapped up into one. In essence, it is her journey back to her home, Rush County, Indiana, to reunite with both the people and
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Book Review: Napoli Nord / Case Rom by Vincenzo Pagliuca

Vincenzo Pagliuca is a 40-year-old documentary photographer from southern Italy. In 2010, after graduating from the University of Naples with a degree in economics, he chose to focus full time on photography. Pagliuca’s photography focuses on the landscape/architecture relationship and on the relationship between human beings and housing structures. He finds rural and suburban environments
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Book Review: You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror by Marcy Palmer

You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror is an elegant exploration of Beauty in a time when so much of the world is focused on anything but. Palmer presents an antidote to personal and political crisis. In times like what the world has experienced in the past twelve months, many people turn to beauty found
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Book Review: Women Street Photographers Edited by Gulnara Samoilova

When thinking of street photography, Vivian Maier comes to mind, and Lisa Kahane. And then, all of a sudden, I ask myself: What the hell is a street photographer? Do they photograph only streets? Do they photograph only what can be seen when standing on a street? Melissa Breyer quotes in her introduction the Encyclopedia
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