David Freund – ‘Gas Stop’

David Freund‘s Gas Stop: the Gas Station in American Life and Landscape: 1978-1981 was a long time (and a lightning strike) in the making. He made the photographs over a 3 or 4 year period 40 years ago, and only a chance, fairy-tale-type meeting with Gerhard Steidl brought the project to light, in the form of an impressive four volume set, 574 photos over 720 pages, with short essays by Feund at the end of each, in the quality that we expect from Steidl productions.  Continue reading “David Freund – ‘Gas Stop’”

Jason Lee – ‘A Plain View’

A Plain View is a new-ish body of large format photography from skateboarder cum actor cum photographer Jason Lee, shot over 3 months (25 days of shooting) on a 5000 mile tour of Texas. If information in Will Gillham’s Afterword, “On the other side of everywhere else,” is correct (and I have no reason to think it’s not), it looks like Lee started out at his home near Denton, took 287 northwest to 83 and wiggled around into Spearman, then south through Lubbock and Midland/Odessa and west to Van Horn, then Southeast to Victoria, and Northeast up to Liberty, TX, and then back up to Denton, sticking to small state highways and farm-to-market roads, exploring the small- and ghost-towns that dot the wide expanses of Texas. Continue reading “Jason Lee – ‘A Plain View’”

Jacob Aue Sobol – ‘With And Without You’

With And Without You is a retrospective/best of book of photographs by Jacob Aue Sobol, featuring selections from four published projects—SabineThe Gomez Brito FamilyI, TokyoBy the River of Kings, and Arrivals and Departures—and three unpublished (at time of publication) projects—HomeAmerica, and Road of Bones. If you can’t find (or afford) the published projects, and want to see the work in print, then With and Without You is an excellent option.  Continue reading “Jacob Aue Sobol – ‘With And Without You’”

Mary Ellen Mark – ‘on the Portrait and the Moment’

Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment is the most recent (last?) volume in Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series, and was published in 2015, shortly before Mark’s death. As with other volumes in the series, it’s full of wisdom, acquired through decades of professional photographic practice, and for under $30, probably about as close as I’m likely to get to a weekend workshop with someone like Mark, or Fink, or Webb & Norris Webb, or Hido. Continue reading “Mary Ellen Mark – ‘on the Portrait and the Moment’”

Larry Fink – ‘on Composition and Improvisation’

Larry Fink on Composition and Improviation is the second (I think) volume in Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series,* the second one I acquired, and didn’t initially find much it in to apply to my own practice. But after spending a few months with it, I find some of his ways of looking keep popping into my head as I shoot, and I see now that his sense of composition and timing are almost unparalleled, and if I can pick up even a tiny bit of it from him, my work will be much better for it. Continue reading “Larry Fink – ‘on Composition and Improvisation’”

Stephen Shore – ‘Stereographs: New York, 1974’

In 1974, Stephen Shore, always ready to explore new photographic tools and techniques, acquired a  Stereo Realist camera and began exploring “the puzzle of how to most effectively translate the real world into a successful “3-D” image given the particulars of the technology. ‘I was interested in seeking out situations in which the camera was doing something different from how our eyes see things: reflections, windows, a shadow on a chain-link fence, a rug that seems to float off the ground — each scenario created this amazing sense of space.'”* Continue reading “Stephen Shore – ‘Stereographs: New York, 1974’”