Gregory Halpern – ‘Omaha Sketchbook’

Omaha Sketchbook was the Charcoal Book Club selection for August 2019. Had it not been for Charcoal, I probably wouldn’t have picked up a copy of it. First off, I’ve been on a photobook buying hiatus since June 2019; second off, well, I don’t have a good reason. Gregory Halpern’s work is excellent, and Omaha Sketchbook is definitely interesting.

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On ‘Annie on Camera’

You’re probably not too familiar with Annie on Camera. I hadn’t heard of it, and don’t remember where I found out about it, but I’m glad I did.

In 1982, Ray Stark produced the film adaptation of Annie. At a party during filming, he engaged Anne Hoy to hire some photographers to come and photograph the production. These photographers were outside of and in addition to the unit photographers that worked making stills, continuity shots, and the like, and they had to stay more or less out of the way of actual production. Hoy talked to people and hunted, and in the end found and hired 9 photographers to more or less wander around and photograph whatever they liked, and Annie on Camera was the result.

So who got the nod? Well, some stars of the time, and a few newbies: William Eggleston, Mitch Epstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Jane O’Neal, Stephen Shore, Neal Slavin, Eric Staller, Robert Walker, and Garry Winogrand, all collected together in one volume…

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Alec Soth – ‘Sleeping by the Mississippi’

After Niagara and I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating, and even though I probably should’ve spent the money in some other way, I figured the bookshelf (and this collection of reviews) wouldn’t be complete without Alec Soth’s first major book, Sleeping by the Mississippi, so I went hunting…

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Alec Soth – ‘I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating’

I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating is Alec Soth‘s first book since a self-imposed “why am I doing this?” hiatus, and while it’s all very Sothian, it’s also different somehow from his previous work, more personal, more intimate… but let me share the unboxing video before I get to far into it…

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