American Geography: Photographs of Land Use from 1840 to Present

The 345 photographs in American Geography (divided by regions) address ways in which different histories and traditions of land use have given rise to different cultural transitions, such as the growth of industry in the Northeast, agricultural developments in the Midwest, the legacies of slavery on the economies of the South, and the mining of natural resources as well as environmental crises in the West. … Continue reading American Geography: Photographs of Land Use from 1840 to Present

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

A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame: Twentieth Century by David Acton

A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame: Twentieth Century is a survey of the history of modern photography as told through some of the past century’s most famous images and celebrated artists. The book is written by David Acton, Ph.D. He is the Milly and Fritz Kaeser Curator of Photographs at the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. … Continue reading A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame: Twentieth Century by David Acton

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

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 essays feel alive and relevant to now. In his introduction, … Continue reading Looking at Photography by Stephen Frailey – 100 Contemporary Photographs