I picked up this Thomas Ruff catalog (from the “Thomas Ruff” exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, September 27, 2017-January 17, 2018) on the recommendation of Jörg Colberg more than a year ago, and it’s languished in the “to review” pile ever since… Well, now’s as good a time as any, I guess.Continue reading “‘Thomas Ruff’”
Bill Owens’ Suburbia became an underground, photo insider classic at the time of its original 1973 publication. This is the “New & Improved” 2002 edition, though I’m not quite sure what is new and/or improved about it.
If you’re unfamiliar, Owens cast his camera on the denizens of three communities Livermore, CA, while working as a staff photographer for the local newspaper. Owens collected quotes from many of his subjects (or, presumably, people just outside of frame) and the quotes appear below many of the photographs, earnest and honest and, now 45 years on, both laughable and wounding.Continue reading “Bill Owens – ‘Suburbia’ (1999)”
I snatched up a(n extremely inexpensive) copy of Colin Jones’ Grafters after watching the Camera YouTube review some months ago. I think I paid less than $10 for it, shipped, which seems ludicrous for such a fine collection, and makes for both despair and thrill. Despair at the thought some/many/most of the books I bought new for full price will likely someday be remaindered for $10 or so; Thrill at the ability to pick up excellent, if older and used, photobooks for $10…
Anyway. Grafters (Phaidon, 2002) is a collection of Jones’ photographs of working classes in early 1960s Britain, the soon-to-be-demolished “slums” that look for all the world like tidy British row houses, children at play, the coal workers and ship builders at work and at leisure, and, not so strangely as you might imagine, ballet dancers at rest.Continue reading “Colin Jones – ‘Grafters’”
American Winter is Gerry Johannson’s latest
novel photobook and was Charcoal Book Club’s photobook of the month for November 2018.* For a good description of the book, turn no further than the publisher’s blurb: “For American Winter, Johansson travelled through semi-deserted towns in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, finding as much beauty as there was misery in landscapes cloaked in snow…”
Tammy Law‘s Permission to Belong tells the story of a group of Burmese refugees in Australia, the UK, and the USA, in refugee camps and as they’re resettled and struggle to find their place, far from home and in an unfamiliar culture. The book itself is an interesting object and has one of the more unique designs I’ve encountered.Continue reading “Tammy Law – ‘Permission to Belong’”
For my last Polaroid Week pack, I went with good old Color 600, fresh and in the new packaging (featuring a thin foil bag inside the box instead of the box lined with foil and a foil tear-strip at the top).
Good times.Continue reading “Polaroid Week (4) – Nuttin Special”
As yummy as it sounds, ice cream is not the answer to all of life’s problems. It might be the answer for some of them, but, really, I do better with regular, strenuous exercise.
Alas. I have no interest or motivation at present, so let’s have some Ice Cream… Polaroid Originals Ice Cream Pastels, that is.Continue reading “Polaroid Week (3) – Ice Cream for I scream (2)”