The Colombian photographer Federico Rios Escobar spent a decade in the Colombian jungle with the FARC.
In his book Verde, published by Raya Editorial, Federico Rios Escobar chronologically lays out his images from his life in the jungle: “I have lost track of the number of times I hung my hammock and took it down. It was my home in the jungle for many years, whether it was cold or hot, rain or shine. I was in it when sick, and it was my refuge in moments of anxiety. Some nights, I looked toward the sky with desperation and fear. Other nights I fell asleep confident in the hope of peace.” Federico followed the guerrillas on their journeys, through moments of tension and joy; he photographed families, budding loves, mothers, and their children. He documented the daily life of these women (40% of FARC fighters were women) and men who, round the clock, lived on high alert. In particular, he took portraits of the four guerrilla fighters who survived from the creation of the movement.
In my own teaching, I often describe photographs as gifts: they are given to you if you’re able to spot and then take them. This book is a gift. If this (or any other) article spotted it, all that’s left for you is to take it.
Philip Montgomery shares the stories behind nine images in his new photobook "American Mirror."
As Patrick Radden Keefe writes in American Mirror, “Montgomery’s photographs capture the reality of Americans in crisis, in all our flawed, tragic, ridiculous glory.” Here, we look at the stories behind nine of Montgomery’s iconic photographs.
Mimi Plumb used to live on the edges of the city where the rents were cheap. Nearby, on the summit of the hill, were folded layers of radiolarian cher...
Plumb’s life was marked by nights out dancing at the Crystal Pistol in the Mission, or listening to a punk polka band at the Oasis. Neil, the clarinet player, wore faux leather naugahosen, with spikes protruding from his head. Sometimes they played pool at Palace Billiards. At the Exotic/Erotic Ball, a bird man and a nurse hid in the corners. A steely-eyed silver man in his tuxedo stared back at Plumb from behind his mask, the camera flash shining a light on him.
Over six years, photographer Rian Dundon photographed life in the city of Changsha in central China. But upon the publishing of the resulting book in 2012, the publisher folded, leaving the fate of the undistributed books unknown for most of the next deca
Alex Harris’ new book, Our Strange New Land (co-edited with Margaret Sartor), looks to reframe the question “How do you tell the story of the American South?” Based in Durham, North Carolina, Harris knows it’s a region with a complicated history; a legacy
This month is all about books on Lenscratch. In order to understand the contemporary photo book landscape, we are interviewing and celebrating significant photography book publishers, large and small, who are elevating photographs on the page through desi
Kehrer Verlag is among the world’s leading publishers of photo books. Founded in 1995 by Klaus Kehrer, it is also one of the few independent publishing houses in Germany. In addition to photography, further focal points include contemporary art, art of the 17th through the 20th centuries, and international sound art. Over the years, numerous Kehrer publications have been nominated for and honored with international book awards. Under the same roof as the publishing house, the Kehrer Design team looks after the entire production chain of the publications. Each book is the unique result of close cooperation with the respective partners: photographers, artists, authors, museums, and cultural institutions. The connecting element is the high creative and technical quality of Made in Germany.
Photographer Ken Light spent ten years crisscrossing America for his latest book, Course of the Empire. He came of age in the 1960s and believed in America. But after a decade photographing the country, the state of America and the stories of those he met
Ann Marks’s biography is a fascinating overview of the “photographer nanny” whose work has kept critics, lawyers and scholars busy since it was discovered after her death in 2009.
If a picture were still worth a thousand words, we’d know more than enough by now about Vivian Maier, the so-called photographer nanny whose vast trove of images was discovered piecemeal and not fully processed, in all senses of the word, after her death at 83 in 2009, just as the iPhone was going wide.
Freelance photojournalist David Butow crossed my radar in 2018 when his photo of then-Senator Jeff Flake went viral. The intensity of emotion combined with the near perfect placement of people in the frame made it an instant classic – so much so that Time
39 curators, artists, editors and other photography experts reveal their personal favorite photobooks from 2021 — a delightfully diverse list of great recommendations
This list is testimony to the unwavering creativity of artists, designers and publishers across the world who made this year a great one for new photobooks. To find some gems, we reached out to curators, artists, editors and other photography experts, and asked for their personal favorites of the year. We were delighted to receive 39 heart-felt recommendations that range from meditative and poetic, to academic, novelistic, visionary, conceptual, and those that feel absolutely essential.
When people think about gifts for photographers, gear is king. But the gear a photographer chooses to use or not use is about as personal as the work they make. And let’s face it, even when you find out the photographer in your life is a Canon person and
Take a look at our 2021 list of book recommendations and feel free to leave your own in the comments below!
Lederman and Yatskevich are two of the driving forces behind 10×10 Photobooks, a non-profit with a focus on the photobook. I spoke with Lederman and Yatskevich after the release of What They Saw (before the announcement of the PhotoBook Awards). The following conversation has been edited for length and clarity.