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All of Us: Portraits of an American Bicentennial by Richard Beaven

In All of Us: Portraits of an American Bicentennial there are only two portraits which don’t show us the entire person being photographed. The approach Richard Beaven takes to include the whole person in his his project photographing the community of Ghent, New York allows the viewer to get a feel for who each person […]

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Little Romances by Jordanna Kalman

Jordanna Kalman photographs prints of her own photographs, and they become a physical object. She surrounds them with elements from her garden or other personal items. This is done not to evoke nostalgia or sentimentality but to deepen her physical connection and/or claim to the images and distance them from the viewer. Kalman poses questions […]

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Bear Girls (Bärenmädchen) by Ute Behrend

Somewhere in North America or Canada, there is a tribe of Indians who dress their pubescent girls in large bearskins. The girls all live together just outside the village, the bearskins protecting them from the gaze of the adults and boys. They are even advised to be particularly slow and clumsy, to mimic the movement […]

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Doug’s Gym: The Last of its Kind by Norm Diamond

Norm Diamond notes that on his first trip to Doug Eidd’s gym in downtown Dallas, he climbed a sagging wooden staircase to find a rundown old gym above a storefront attorney’s office. The place held a sense of an outmoded era, and while Diamond avoided gyms for most of his life, he was attracted to […]

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House Music by Charles Rozier – The Sound of Life

House Music by Charles Rozier is a collection of images spanning roughly thirty years of lovingly unpretentious moments focusing on the lives of his immediate and extended family. Flipping through House Music is like paging through someone’s family album, and all the images were taken by ‘Dad’, who we only see in one shadowy glimpse. The […]

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Looking at Photography by Stephen Frailey – 100 Contemporary Photographs

Stephen Frailey’s book, Looking at Photography, was inspired by John Szarkowski’s influential book Looking at Photographs, published in 1973. While paying homage to the concept of one hundred images and one page of text for each image, Frailey takes the baton from Szarkowski and starts running his own race, albeit in the same direction. Frailey’s […]

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Lost Venice by Sarah Hadley

Sarah Hadley interweaves the concept of memory with images that evoke a sense of the past, a place and a time particular to the Venice, Italy of her youth. But the idea of place is secondary to the concept of time. Time lost with a parent, time that now only exists or which can only […]

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Children of Grass: Portraits of American Poetry by B.A. Van Sise

Children of Grass: Portraits of American Poetry is an enriching and visually stimulating anthology that will enchant and win over lovers of both poetry and photography. “Poems are the product of abnormal thinking. They are the weirdos at the literary banquet, because they can be difficult, and uncompromising; they don’t offer an easy in or […]

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On a Wet Bough by Keliy Anderson-Staley

The portraits Anderson-Staley presents in On a Wet Bough are timeless, yet fleeting in the grand scope of time and humanity.

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Coincidences by Jonathan Higbee

When viewing the work of Jonathan Higbee, I am reminded of the metaphor of theater as applied to street photography. Whichever street corner, subway station, beachfront, or billboard Higbee selects as the tableau, it feels like a magnificent theater with a diverse cast of characters performing in an unscripted play on an ever-changing stage. As […]