Mark Steinmetz – ‘Summer Camp’

I never went to Summer Camp. Boy Scout camping weekends and that one Jamboree, a couple of weekends with various church groups (one at a summer camp that was closed, because it wasn’t the summer, and so it was only the two vans from the church) and a family trip to (another closed) vacation camp thing was as close as I ever got. So Mark Steinmetz‘s Summer Camp presents something of a foreign land to me. I recognize some of the features, and, of course, I’ve seen many movies and television shows about camp, but it’s still foreign.

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Quick Walk with a Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim

I didn’t (and don’t) need another camera. Really and truly. I don’t.

And then, one early morning, I noticed a Twitter post* claiming the Vivitar UWS to be the end all and be all, and 10 minutes later, I found one for a good-enough price on the ‘bay, and, well, here we are.

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Liam Wong – ‘TO:KY:OO’

TO:KY:OO is something unique in my photo library. I’m not sure where I came across his work. It was probably recommended by someone or something. I don’t really remember.

Long term readers will know that I’m mostly a film photographer, for the past 6 years or so, anyway, and that I never did a huge amount of manipulation, but I really like the look Wong pulls out of his images. So when he announced a crowdfunding campaign for his first book, I jumped on it.

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Shinya Fujiwara – ‘American Roulette’

After several decades photographing the Middle and Near East, India, and Tibet, and making some influential and popular photobooks (in Japan), Shinya Fujiwara went to the United States, where he spent seven months puttering around in an RV photographing, well, nearly everything that caught his fancy. There’s the desert, long stretches of empty dirt or asphalt road, tract homes, second hand shops, theme parks, all kinds of things.

Back home in Japan, as was his usual practice, he published American Roulette, which I only learned about thanks to David Campany’s The Open Road, which I almost wish I’d never heard about… Mr. Campany and his great book cost me quite a few dollars and added a handful of books to the shelf…

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Inge Morath – The Road to Reno

In 1960, Arthur Miller, at the urging of producer Frank Taylor, contracted with Magnum to make some publicity shots during the filming of The Misfits. Inge Morath was one of the nine photographers invited, and she took the opportunity to take a long road trip with her colleague Henri Cartier Bresson and her typewriter. The duo rented a car and took a slow, 18 day drive from New York, through Gettysburg, Memphis, and Albuquerque, to Reno. Morath logged her experiences on her typewriter in motel rooms every night, wrote a lengthy manuscript, made selections, and then shoved everything in a file.

Her family and friends knew the story, saw the photographs, but The Road to Reno presented her photographs and writing from the trip and around set of The Misfits for the first time.

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