Category: Books

  • An Architectural Survey in Search of America | The New Yorker
    A new book compiled by Jeffrey Ladd uses material from the Historic American Buildings Survey to capture something of the national character.
  • A Gut-Wrenching but Graceful Photo Project on Trump’s America

    A Gut-Wrenching but Graceful Photo Project on Trump’s America
    Mitch Epstein’s book Property Rights (Steidl) is a stark but sensitive examination of American life and land under the Trump administration. Over four tumultuous years, Epstein’s book moves across the country — from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to the US-Mexico border to the streets of New York City — to capture pivotal points of conflict between the American government, the people, and the land. Property Rights pairs Epstein’s detailed, dignified photos of activists and their actions with selections from his interviews with protesters, humanitarians, and environmentalists. Epstein’s gut-wrenching but graceful project urgently exposes the grave stakes we face today, while also reminding us that our current turbulent moment has precedents in earlier American history.
  • Announcing the Winners of the 2021 PhotoBook Awards

    Announcing the Winners of the 2021 PhotoBook Awards
    Celebrating the evolving narrative of the photobook, Aperture and Paris Photo present this year’s winning titles.
  • Juxtapoz Magazine – Haddon Hall: Naomi Harris’s Photographs of a Miami Hotel
    This is a touching story that has a Florida hotel as its center stage. Miami Beach was the winter destination for many seniors throughout the 70s and 80s, when upwards of 20,000 “snowbirds” would migrate to the 2.5 mile stretch of beachfront. A depressed economy and cheap rents in the crumbling Art Deco hotels made it an ideal choice for the mostly Jewish retirees on a fixed income. Photographer Naomi Harris moved into Haddon Hall to embed herself with the hotel’s residents, becoming their surrogate granddaughter. She shows us an insider’s perspective of the changes that affected the lives of her “bubbehs and zaidehs”.
  • From Anna Atkins to Hiromix: The Photo Books by Women You Need to Know | AnOther
    Alex Merola shares a list of the most influential, boundary-breaking photo books created by women, spanning from 1843 to 1999
  • War, Sex, and Violence, Or Life According to Yan Morvan | Blind
    With the project Yan Morvan Archives, Battcoop publishing takes a comprehensive look at the photojournalist’s work.
  • Parallel Crisis – Photographs by Yannis Karpouzis | Book review by Alexander Strecker | LensCulture
    Years in the making, Yannis Karpouzis’ new book powerfully captures a sense of time stood still and the overlapping crises that unfolded following the Greek financial disaster of 2009.
  • photo-eye | BLOG: Book of the Week: Selected by Blake Andrews
    “I’m pretty good at photography,” states Tim Davis toward the end of his new monograph I’m Looking Through You. “I’m, like, good at it.” Such a boast would be hyperbole coming from most photographers. But Davis has the goods to back it up. Coming from him the declaration is merely another clear-eyed fact like the pictures it accompanies. Davis shot them in and around Los Angeles over the course of a few years between 2017 and 2019.
  • Blind – The City in All its Facets

    The City in All its Facets
    The latest book published by Louis Vuitton, Villes du monde [Cities on Earth], takes readers on a trip around the world through 225 photographs of 30 different cities.
  • A Sweeping Look at American Landscape Photography

    A Sweeping Reconsideration of Photography and Land Use in America
    When Sandra S. Phillips was named curator emerita of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2016, after three very busy decades leading the department, she had no intention of slowing down. In fact, she was actively at work on what fairly can be called the most ambitious project of her career to date: American Geography: Photographs of Land Use from 1840 to the Present, an exhibition scheduled to appear at SFMOMA in 2020. Lamentably, the exhibition itself was a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, but the accompanying publication—much more than a catalogue—was published earlier this year by Radius Books in Santa Fe.
  • 2020: A Year Like No Other, Captured in Photos

    2020: A Year Like No Other, Captured in Photos
    Magnum 2020 revisits the uncertainties and upheavals of last year through 60 photographers around the world.
  • Thiago Dezan When I Hear That Trumpet Sound – AMERICAN SUBURB X

    Thiago Dezan When I Hear That Trumpet Sound
    I was confronted with three parts of a mental soundtrack while paging through Thiago Dezan’s new book When I Hear The That Trumpet Sound (Selo Turvo, 2021, ed. 200). The first track based on title and the book’s black endpapers and the ominous black cover was Behemoth’s Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel, a rich and textured track of blinding blackened death metal ferocity from the Polish group’s finest album, The Satanist. The second and third tracks to my mental soundtrack came when I opened the book.
  • Cai Dongdong – History of Life – burn magazine

    History of Life | By Cai Dongdong
    Captured through the eyes of ordinary Chinese citizens before, during, and after the cultural revolution and curated by one of China’s most talented visual artists, “History of Life” presents a fascinating story on the determination of the human spirit. A collection of 415 restored photographs chronicling the history of modern China from the 1910s to the late 1990s.
  • Blind – New Bern: The Portrait of a Small American Town

    New Bern: The Portrait of a Small American Town
    Over a period of fifteen years, Michael von Graffenried documented the daily life of New Bern, North Carolina. This long-term project, published this spring with Steidl, is on view May 19–20 at the newly opened Espace MVG in Paris.
  • In Pictures: The Pastel Dreamscapes of North Korea | AnOther
    In his upcoming book, Between Doors, photographer Ted Lau immaculately captures the hermit kingdom
  • Rahim Fortune’s Highly Personal Portrait of the American South | AnOther
    The Austin-born, New York-based photographer’s second book is a culmination of the last five years of “Black love, photography and history”, that he and his community have experienced
  • Juxtapoz Magazine – A Visual Record of Daily Life in San Quentin Prison
    The San Quentin Project collects a largely unseen visual record of daily life inside one of America’s oldest and largest prisons, demonstrating how this archive of the state is now being used to teach visual literacy and process the experience of incarceration.
  • Primal Sight – Photographs by various artists | Book review by Magali Duzant | LensCulture
    Weaving its way from landscape to portrait, still life to assemblage, Primal Sight takes a near encyclopedic approach to sight itself. From Ally Caple’s quiet but forceful portrait Jasmine in Home Studio to Anastasia Samoylova’s dimensional Black and White Mountain, the viewer is led through multiple iterations of what a photograph can be. A survey, whether an exhibition or a book, is a hard format to get right. What is enough and how much is too much?
  • A Photographer’s View from Inside a Brooklyn Junior High | The New Yorker
    Between 1981 and 1994, the photographer Meryl Meisler worked as an art teacher in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at Roland Hayes Intermediate School 291. In a new book, “New York: PARADISE LOST Bushwick Era Disco,” out in June, she collects photos that she took of her students and colleagues during those years—the Menudo fans, the puppy love, the cafeteria jousting, the sneaker style, and a bit of teacher trash-talking. “The students were on the pulse of popular culture, exuded youthful pride, and could challenge one’s wits,” she said recently. Meisler (who’d previously photographed the disco scene and her own family on Long Island) eventually moved to a school in Manhattan, where she continued to teach—and take pictures—until 2010. Her photography from three decades inside the city’s public schools is her largest unseen body of work. “I still get teacher nightmares,” she said.
  • Juxtapoz Magazine – Thana Faroq: I don’t Recognize Me in the Shadows
    Thana Faroq’s I Don’t Recognize Me in the Shadows explores her journey leaving war-torn Yemen and experiencing asylum in the Netherlands. Thana decided to make this book to figure out how everything happened – to figure out the war, the escape, the transition, and the unfamiliar. It’s not easy to talk about trauma while you’re living in it because you can’t recognize it. Creating this work enabled her to tackle the trauma and to confront it on her own terms. The images and the words serve as a record, a healing method to register and validate her emotions and experiences during the transition into the unknown.