As a result, photo-eye, now in our 44th year, is in a unique position to select books that we feel rise to the top and merit your attention and consideration.
photo-eye Favorite Books 2022
The Photo Issue: The Real Americana – Washington Post
These images capture a joy, pride and love of a country that speak to the true American spirit.via Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/interactive/2022/robin-givhan-american-flag-race-photography/
In Andre Wagner’s single image of a Black child gripping a small, wrinkled American flag in one hand while the other rests pensively on her chin, Wagner tells the complicated story of America. That Star-Spangled Banner is crumpled, as if it has been rolled up in a pocket, tucked away, its usefulness uncertain but nonetheless protected. This child, with the decorative beads in her cornrows, is dwarfed by the adults who stand on either side, by the enormous backpack, by the meat counter in the background. Her expression is sober, as if she’s considering weighty matters. A child with the brooding demeanor of an adult. A complicated child. An American child. A Black American.
Indigenious Photographers Week: Jaida Grey Eagle – LENSCRATCH
Jaida Grey Eagle is an Oglala Lakota artist, currently located in St. Paul, MN. Jaida is a photojournalist, producer, beadwork artist, and writer. She is a member of the Women’s Photograph, Indigenous Photograph, and 400 Years Project.She is a Report for America Fellow with the Sahan Journal covering communities of color in the Twin Cities.via LENSCRATCH: http://lenscratch.com/2022/11/jaida-grey-eagle/
Jaida Grey Eagle is an Oglala Lakota artist, currently located in St. Paul, MN. Jaida is a photojournalist, producer, beadwork artist, and writer. She is a member of the Women’s Photograph, Indigenous Photograph, and 400 Years Project.She is a Report for America Fellow with the Sahan Journal covering communities of color in the Twin Cities. She is also researching Indigenous photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as an ongoing former Curatorial Fellow. She holds her Bachelors emphasizing in Fine Art Photography from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Indigenous Photographers Week: Dakota Mace – LENSCRATCH
Dakota Mace (Diné) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on translating the language of Diné history and beliefs. As a Diné (Navajo) artist, her work draws from the history of her Diné heritage, exploring the themes of family lineage, community, and identity. In addition, her work pushes the viewer’s understanding of Diné culture throughvia LENSCRATCH: http://lenscratch.com/2022/11/indigenous-photographers-week-dakota-mace/
Dakota Mace (Diné) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on translating the language of Diné history and beliefs. As a Diné (Navajo) artist, her work draws from the history of her Diné heritage, exploring the themes of family lineage, community, and identity. In addition, her work pushes the viewer’s understanding of Diné culture through alternative photography techniques, weaving, beadwork, and papermaking.
John Cantlie: Ten years since IS kidnap of British journalist in Syria – BBC News
The fate of photographer John Cantlie, kidnapped by the jihadist group in 2012, remains unknown.via BBC News: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-63711446
Today marks 10 years since British photojournalist John Cantlie was kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Syria.
Are the Women Photographers of Magnum Getting “Close Enough”?
Gender inequality is particularly notorious in photography. An exhibition at ICP asks how far the storied agency can evolve in supporting new perspectives.via Aperture: https://aperture.org/editorial/are-the-women-photographers-of-magnum-getting-close-enough/
Gender inequality is particularly notorious in photography. An exhibition at ICP asks how far the storied agency can evolve in supporting new perspectives.
Chris Maliwat: Subwaygram – LENSCRATCH
At the 2022 Medium Festival of Photography, I was fortunate to sit across the table from Chris Maliwat, where I learned about his years-long project, Subwaygram. I was (and continue to be) intrigued by the breadth of this project, and the empathetic lens through which he recorded his subjects. This year, Chris published this seriesvia LENSCRATCH: http://lenscratch.com/2022/11/chris-maliwat-subwaygram-2/
At the 2022 Medium Festival of Photography, I was fortunate to sit across the table from Chris Maliwat, where I learned about his years-long project, Subwaygram. I was (and continue to be) intrigued by the breadth of this project, and the empathetic lens through which he recorded his subjects. This year, Chris published this series with Daylight Books. Today, I am happy to share a conversation we had about the work.
What Bernd and Hilla Becher Saw in the Remnants of Industry | The New Yorker
The husband-and-wife photography team spent decades rigorously documenting the postwar architectural landscape—and captivated the art world along the way.via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/what-bernd-and-hilla-becher-saw-in-the-remnants-of-industry
In 1977, the critic Hilton Kramer wrote in the Times that the Bechers’ photographs “look like the sort of pictures one sees in a real estate office.” The unflappable Hilla was said to have responded, “That’s O.K. We like real-estate photographs.”
Camera-to-Cloud RAW is the Start of the Computational Revolution | PetaPixel
This is a huge development that not enough people are talking about.via PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/2022/11/03/camera-to-cloud-raw-is-the-start-of-the-computational-revolution/
Adobe recently announced new Camera to Cloud integrations, following its recent acquisition of Frame.io. The Fuji X-H2S will become the first stills camera to natively shoot “to the cloud”. This might seem like a niche feature, however look beyond the headlines and this could be a generational step change. Not only because of the ability save to the cloud (like Google Photos) but because of what this then enables.
Police Training on Photographers’ Rights Aims to Curb Violence Against Press | PetaPixel
It’s important that police understand a photographer’s rights.via PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/2022/11/03/police-training-on-photographers-rights-aims-to-curb-violence-against-press/
Court-ordered training sessions between police and media have been taking place in Minneapolis, led by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
One Mother’s Story of Raising a Son with a Rare and Severe Form of Epilepsy – Feature Shoot
“When David was a baby, I sang a special song to him,” Debe Arlook, David’s aunt, tells me. “I still do, and it seems to warm his heart because it…via Feature Shoot: https://www.featureshoot.com/2022/10/one-mothers-story-of-raising-a-son-with-a-rare-and-severe-form-of-epilepsy/
“When David was a baby, I sang a special song to him,” Debe Arlook, David’s aunt, tells me. “I still do, and it seems to warm his heart because it makes him smile.” For more than two years now, Arlook has been collaborating with her sister Lori, David’s mom, to tell the story of their family.
Alan Chin: The American Turmoil in “Infinity Goes Up On Trial”
In his new book “Infinity Goes Up On Trial”, Alan Chin travels through the historical challenges that the USA faced since 2020.via Blind Magazine: https://www.blind-magazine.com/en/news/alan-chin-travels-through-a-nation-in-turmoil-in-infinity-goes-up-on-trial/
Chin admitted that it comes naturally to him to weave his personal experiences—as a father, as a Chinese-American who grew up in New York City, as a photographer—into his visual exploration of 2020. “You actually can’t separate your own experience, as a participant and as a witness, from your experience as a journalist or photographer,” he said. “Right?”
Bill Owens: Suburbia at the Center of Photographic Art – LENSCRATCH
It’s a month for nostalgia! Currently on the walls at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel is the 50th anniversary of one of the seminal publications in the history of photography: Bill Owens’ Suburbia. Hailed internationally as the ultimate document of the American Suburban experience, this book and exhibition continue to show us whovia LENSCRATCH: http://lenscratch.com/2022/10/bill-owens/
A limited-edition publication, Bill Owens: The Legacy of Suburbia Photographs 1964-2022 is available with a special edition print included. This book features images from Bill Owens’ entire career from his work in Jamaica with the Peace Corp to his current Digital Renaissance. The book is available in an edition of 100. The book can be bought at gallery in Carmel or ordered through True North Editions.
Has War Changed, or Only War Photography? – The New York Times
In the decades between Robert Capa and Lynsey Addario, our image of battle lost its aura of nobility.
Many Americans no longer regard war as a righteous undertaking — and war photography has played a part in changing our perspective. Pictures in Korea (notably those of David Douglas Duncan) and, even more, those in Vietnam (by Larry Burrows and Don McCullin in particular) stripped warfare of its glamour and romance, zeroing in instead on blood, mud, fatigue, injury and viciousness. Television footage amplified the horror.
Generative AI : Do or Die – Thoughts of a Bohemian
Generative AI is here to stay. So rather than fighting it with pseudo-legal arguments, the stock photo industry should embrace itvia Thoughts of a Bohemian: http://blog.melchersystem.com/generative-ai-do-or-die/
Understandably, new powerful technologies like generative AI triggers anxiety. But the conversation needs to evolve and move on from the fear of what it might potentially do if left unrestrained: From cataclysmic copyright infringement to the complete substitution of our reality, it is bringing a tsunami of society devastating changes. And if our elected political representatives do not protect us with the combined forces of ethics and legislation, the world, as we know it, will soon cease to exist. Or so they say.
Ami Vitale: From Photographer to Conservationist | PetaPixel
A look at the life and work of Ami Vitale, a photographer and well-known conservationist who champions the cause of endangered wildlife.via PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/ami-vitale-photographer-biography/
“Today, my motivations are very different from when I began. Photography and storytelling are much more than a tool for my own self-empowerment. In the beginning, I plunged right in to tell the stories of humanity and war, and I was asked to focus on the horrors of the world. After a decade, I realized a profound truth; I had been telling stories about people and the human condition, but the backdrop of every one of these stories was the natural world.
Lynsey Addario: Master Series Award Winner – LENSCRATCH
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) honors Lynsey Addario, acclaimed photographer, MacArthur Genius Grant and Pulitzer Prize recipient, with the 32nd annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition, originally planned for Fall 2020. Curated by Maya Benton and Perri Hofmann, “The Masters Series: Lynsey Addario” will be a comprehensive retrospective of her fearless, two-decade journey documentingvia LENSCRATCH: http://lenscratch.com/2022/10/lynsey-addario-master-series-award-winner/
Addario has brought a strong focus to women’s issues in her work, including gender-based violence and rape as a weapon of war—topics covered in a traveling exhibition she did with Columbia College of Chicago in 2008. She also began work on a long-term project on maternal mortality in 2009, documenting complications associated with women dying in childbirth in places including Sierra Leone, India, the Philippines and the United States.
Iran’s New Protest Generation | The New Yorker
Even before the recent round of demonstrations, young Iranians were pushing against the regime’s restrictive social norms.via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/irans-new-protest-generation
Alaei’s mission to photograph Iran’s Zoomers has been complicated by the growing public fear of cameras. Iran’s security forces use technology—including drones and CCTV—to identity protesters. They track social media, which is why many videos of the protests are deliberately blurred. Convincing people to let Alaei into their lives has been difficult, she told me. But like the women who duck illegally into soccer matches, many have accepted the risks. As a result, she said, “it is not easy to oppress them without any costs to society.”
Some Say Ice – Photographs by Alessandra Sanguinetti | Essay by Sophie Wright | LensCulture
In her new book “Some Say Ice”— an eerie portrait of the people, places and animals of the small Midwestern town of Black River Falls—Alessandra Sanguinetti confronts photography’s uneasy relationship to life and deathvia LensCulture: https://www.lensculture.com/articles/alessandra-sanguinetti-some-say-ice
In her new book “Some Say Ice”— an eerie portrait of the people, places and animals of the small Midwestern town of Black River Falls—Alessandra Sanguinetti confronts photography’s uneasy relationship to life and death.
A New 3,200-Megapixel Camera Has Astronomers Salivating | WIRED
The Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s key instrument is almost ready to be installed on the telescope, where it will image tens of billions of cosmic objects.via WIRED: https://www.wired.com/story/a-new-3200-megapixel-camera-has-astronomers-salivating/
That’s when the telescope will begin collecting 20 terabytes of data every night for 10 years. With it, scientists will build a vast map of the sky as seen from the southern hemisphere, including 20 billion galaxies and 17 billion stars in the Milky Way