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Sketching Cruelty and Finding Humanity Beside Syria’s ‘Waterfall of Blood’ – The New York Times

A conversation with Rania Abouzeid, author of “No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2018)

Fashion Climbing, photographer Bill Cunningham’s secret memoir

This is kind of amazing. Legendary street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died two years ago, leaving behind a massive body of work documenting the last 40 years of the fashion world. Somewhat surprisingly, he also wrote a memoir that seemingly no one knew about. He called it Fashion Climbing (pre-order on Amazon).

Matt Eich: I Love You, I’m Leaving | LENSCRATCH

I often recall this verse by Elizabeth Jennings from her poem In Memory of Anyone Unknown to Me when I view images that cause my heart to ache, that force me to empathize and consider the threads that join together our collective stories. The images in Matt Eich’s newest monograph, I Love You, I’m Leaving, published by Ceiba Editions, weave these threads into a complicated yet tender, semi-fictional portrait of a family enduring the chaos and elation of life. Every photograph is steeped in a familiar, heavy kind of tension that can be recognized by any viewer. We are invited to experience at once both pain and joy, love and frustration, closeness and distance, sharp reality and fleeting memory. Eich uses his camera to grasp at the apparitions of human experience, in his words, wrestling fragile memories into a permanent state. Everything from the cover image of a half-erased chalkboard, to the cyclical nature of the book sequence, echoes Eich’s attempts to construct something concrete from the intangible, creating at once a book object that feels both uniquely personal and profoundly universal.

Joel Meyerowitz’s Magnum Opus “Where I Find Myself” is a Six-Decade Tour de Force – Feature Shoot

Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself (Laurence King) is a pièce de résistance, a masterful feat of publishing that sets the bar as high as it can possibly reach. The photographer’s magnum opus opens in the present day, with his most recent body of work and unfolds in reverse chronological order, leading us through a spellbinding life in photography that is simply unparalleled.

B: Q & A with Josef Chladek

Shelf after shelf, but there’s no more room to put up more shelves in the flat. So my slow down may be just a consequence of running out of space. No organization on the walls at all. Nobody would find anything here. That’s the reason I made the virtual bookshelf, to find books by spine (color/size) more easily in real life!

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Towards a Photobook Taxonomy | Conscientious Photography Magazine

There are many studies of photobooks that attempt to describe this particular medium. Many of them concern themselves with producing larger histories, whether general or location specific ones. In the seminal books by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, the study divides into historical parts, geographical ones, and then there are various chapters devoted to particular types of books, such as, for example, “protest books.” There are, in other words, various ways of looking at what photobooks are or do, and studying that can be enormously insightful for anyone interested in the medium.

Nina Berman: An Autobiography of Miss Wish | LENSCRATCH

Every once in awhile, a book lands on my desk unexpectedly, so I approach it with no preconceived notions. When I opened Nina Berman’s An Autobiography of Miss Wish, published by Kehrer, it was like a burst of energy, a fireball of amazing story telling, page after page that drew me in. And the deeper I went, the more my heart ached. This is a 26-year long collaborative project validating and marking the life of someone as evidence for an existence that dealt with the land mines and difficulties of homelessness, mental illness, and the ravages of drug use. Nina met Kimberly Stevens in London in 1990 while photographing young drug addicts and began a relationship that spanned decades and continents, a relationship that went beyond the normal photographer/subject relationship. The book is ultimately a collaborative project and a definitive document that proclaims, “I was here”.

Here Are 10 of the Most Captivating Photo Books of the Year. Just Look. – Mother Jones

This past year seems like we were treated to more photo books than ever. That is, at least in part, due to crowdfunding efforts that are helping photographers defray the exorbitant cost of publishing. The unyielding flood of photo books is evidence that photographers are still turning to the medium as the preferred venue to get their work out into the world—and, with the rise of crowdfunding, on their own terms.

Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie Tells His True Story of Surviving 81 Days in Captivity in Syria

For as long as he can remember, Jonathan Alpeyrie was fascinated by history and had a fierce passion for adventure. He loved the worlds he could escape to when his father read adventure classics to him, like Call of the Wild and Moby Dick. “As I got older, I was constantly reading history books, especially about Roman antiquity,” he says. “My uncles and grandparents fought in all the major wars including World War I, World War II, Indochina and Algeria. I played war in the backyard and drew maps of battles.”

The Best Photo Books of 2017 – The New York Times

There are great photo books every year, and 2017 was no exception. But something about the strained times intensified my feelings about the work I saw this year. The role of art felt more urgent, both as a response to the general political disorder and as a refuge from it. I didn’t merely like or appreciate the best work I saw; I needed it. The photo books that made my list range from large scholarly catalogs to poetic little volumes. They were published in seven different countries. Some were more conceptual in approach, while others were freer and more visceral. These winners all had in common the special qualities of great photo books: the pleasure of turning pages, the precision of thoughtful book design, the tactility of paper and the glow of the afterimages in the mind long after the book is set down.

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69 Magnum Photographers Reveal Their Contact Sheets in New Book – Feature Shoot

Magnum Contact Sheets (Thames & Hudson) offers a critical look at the necessity of context in our understanding of the photograph. Featuring 139 contact sheets from 69 photographers, as well as zoom-in details, selected photographs, press cards, notebooks, magazine spreads, and texts by the photographer or an expert chosen by their estate, the book deepens our understanding about the photographic and editorial processes.

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Nancy Rexroth: Iowa | LENSCRATCH

When I first discovered the Diana camera in the 1990’s there were few places to look for inspiration. That was, until I found the seminal book by Nancy Rexroth titled IOWA. It was difficult to lay hands on a copy as it had been originally published in 1977.  But I did find it and the book is now dogeared, from hours of looking and being inspired by the magic that a simple toy camera, in the hands of an artist, could produce. Her poetic, well seen capture of people and places in her life were and are an inspiration to generations of photographers. Forty years after its original publication,  IOWA  has been reissued by the University of Texas Press, now in a hardcover edition that includes twenty-two previously unpublished images. The photographs are accompanied by a new foreword by Magnum photographer and book maker Alec Soth and an essay by internationally acclaimed curator Anne Wilkes Tucker, “who affirms the continuing power and importance of IOWA within the photobook genre”. New postscripts by Nancy Rexroth and Mark L. Power, who wrote the essay in the first edition, complete the volume.

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The why, where, what and how of photobooks and what is ‘The Truth’?

To help me explain where we are today with book publishing I often use the metaphor of football — soccer if you prefer — leagues, where the publishers are the teams and managers and the players are the photographers. The metaphor of league tables is not to denote quality of work but to explain an approach to the game and the medium of photography based on the financial clout of the teams involved.

S.B. Walker’s photographic survey of Walden Pond – The Eye of Photography

What has become of the fabled Walden Pond? In his debut monograph Walden, published by Kehrer Verlag, S.B. Walker an artist from New England (USA) who grew up a few miles from Walden Pond surveys the symbolically charged landscape of literary giant Henry David Thoreau in an attempt to find out the answer. The publication of Walker’s book marks the bicentennial of Thoreau’s life.

A city seen: Todd Webb’s postwar New York – The Eye of Photography

Published by Thames & Hudson, the book entitled I See a City: Todd Webb’s New York focuses on the work of American photographer Todd Webb produced in the megapol in the 1940S and 1950s. It is a rich portrait of the everyday life and architecture of New York, shaped by the friction and frisson of humanity.

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