Featured photographer Frank Marshal

The work of Frank Marshal is an understated, insightful look at the American condition. As he writes in a statement for his work, his images equate “faded dreams, and a realization that we have been ridiculed by our fantasies. A mundane landscape which demands your attention and portraits which demand recognition. We realize there is nothing to break our fall, so we fell. As I … Continue reading Featured photographer Frank Marshal

Tara Wray captures emotional complexity of the pandemic in ‘Year of the Beast’

Year of the Beast is a photo diary of 2020 featuring scenes from life in rural Vermont, under a looming specter of doom. It isn’t a book about the pandemic. It’s a record of a specific time and place as seen through the eyes of one photographer, but with universal themes and universal appeal. “I can’t put this work out without first acknowledging that this has been … Continue reading Tara Wray captures emotional complexity of the pandemic in ‘Year of the Beast’

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 is, how they hold their hands, how they stand alone … Continue reading All of Us: Portraits of an American Bicentennial by Richard Beaven

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 to herself about what it means to be a woman. … Continue reading Little Romances by Jordanna Kalman

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 of a bear. This protected environment allows them to mature … Continue reading Bear Girls (Bärenmädchen) by Ute Behrend

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 this one for its themes of memory, loss, and mortality. After … Continue reading Doug’s Gym: The Last of its Kind by Norm Diamond

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 fact we don’t see the photographer in the book focusing … Continue reading House Music by Charles Rozier – The Sound of Life

Under His Eye by Chandra Bozelko

Editor’s Note: Wobneb Magazine is honored to welcome this contribution by writer and criminal justice reform advocate, Chandra Bozelko.  :: Readers might assume I write about prisons because I’m so passionate about conditions inside correctional facilities and injustices in the criminal legal system. I am passionate about changing these realities. I also do it because there are so few visuals available. Prison wardens often restrict … Continue reading Under His Eye by Chandra Bozelko

Heroes – Emeke Obanor Gives a Voice to Survivors

Emeke Obanor is a Nigerian photographer whose series of portraits are featured in an article I wrote in F-Stop Magazine in June of 2020. Since that time, his work has gained more attention in international press and he has received a number of awards and grants. His series “Heroes” is centered around a group of girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants operating in … Continue reading Heroes – Emeke Obanor Gives a Voice to Survivors