Nan Goldin – ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency’

Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is one of those books/events that probably needs no introduction. The book has been in near-continual reprint since the 1980s, and the project is Goldin’s most well known. If you’re unfamiliar, well, whatever I have to say about it won’t do it justice and I’ll link to some …

Houston, we had a vacation

August 29 marked 8 full years since my darling wife, the adorable Hanabibti, and I married. To celebrate, we took a weekend trip down to Houston, just as the Delta variant rage was in full swing. Thankfully, we were vaccinated back in April and still wore masks everywhere, so we weren’t too worried, and it …

Naomi Harris – ‘The Haddon Hall’

The Haddon Hall is a lovely portrait of the aged residents of the titular hall, taken between 1999 and 2002 by Naomi Harris. It was Charcoal Book Club’s photobook of the month for September, 2021, and, in 2019, took Second Prize at the Kessel Dummy Award and won the FUAM Dummy Book Award. It was …

Justine Kurland – ‘Girl Pictures’

Girl Pictures was Charcoal Book Club’s photobook of the month for July, 2020… As a long time Kurland fan, at least since I laid eyes on Highway Kind, I preordered a signed copy from Aperture as soon as it was announced, so I contacted Charcoal and traded Girl Pictures for George Georgioiu’s Americans Parade. This …

Anna Fox – My Mother’s Cupboards & My Father’s Words

My Mother’s Cupboards & My Father’s Words reminds me some of Rosalind Fox Solomon’s Got to Go. For the tiny little zine (and, I guess, exhibition), Anna Fox pairs simple images of the contents of her mother’s cupboards with statements made by her father, who struggled with dementia or Alzheimer’s at the time and said …