Camille Vivier’s Sophie: Get Swole or Get Lost, Punk

  “The use of gold on the bodies of some of her models completed the circuit of transcendent feminine opulence meted out in carefully sourced locations”   This book never got its full due on ASX, though it was in my list for the end of the year in 2019 and I felt it pertinent […]

Dafna Talmor, László Moholy-Nagy & Josh Kern- The Photographic Notebook

  “For artists who do stage their work and find it in situ, the photographic sketchbook is virtually unnecessary as a pre-game facilitator. I would suggest though, that the photographic notebook is an indispensable tool after cheap prints have been made available”   One technical tool that photographers often deprive themselves of thinking through is […]

Jesse Lenz: The Locusts Family, Familiarity and Focus

  “The historical road of photography is paved with books and bodies of work about family. It is a natural resource for making work”     The historical road of photography is paved with books and bodies of work about family. It is a natural resource for making work. Emmet Gowin, Sally Mann, Judith Black […]

Bertrand Cavalier Concrete Doesn’t Burn, it Crumbles.

  “Struggle is often written in the foundation of our city’s (un)natural architecture”     Struggle is often written in the foundation of our city’s (un)natural architecture. In our rural areas, it is marked by temporary institutions-the grass, trees, fields and clearings bear the organization of bomb craters and sweeps of forest shoulder a mane […]

Adrian Samson’s Mother

  “During these moments of quiet solitude in the bitter January cold, a transformation of emphasis on how I began to re-order the world was beginning, but I did not completely understand its momentum”   Childbearing presents a compulsion to re-order the world. You begin to notice things differently. This is due in course to […]

David Billet & Ian Kline’s Rabbit/Hare Texas Reason

“The picture stays in the kid. Tell heaven don’t wait for me”   What is an image produced if not the perversion of self either in or out of frame? Authorship is dictatorship, no? What to do with a pare?   Game Over, and if this isn’t an obvious affront to the Texas that I […]

Mimi Plumb: Sheltering Under The White Sky

“I hear the sound of victory. I hear the sound of victory. I hear the sound of victory”. 1976, the centenary-a procrastinator’s wet dream”   The kids are smiling, their bodies are interlaced within the disused tire mound and the coyote snarls staring dead-eyed and hungry from the top of the bare picnic table. He […]

Jurgen Teller & Harmony Korine William Eggleston 414

  “There is an emphasis on banality, but also the whispered markings of the south with dead deer and hand-painted signage”   William Eggleston 414 is a compelling book for what it is and what it is not. At first, when I saw the title in the Steidl catalogue, I simply thought it was a […]

Alex Llovet’s The Escape Velocity

““Everything tries to escape from that which determines its freedom”   Escape velocity is in scientific terms, according to the grand doyen (cough, cough) of free knowledge Wikpedia “the minimum speed needed for a free, non-propelled object to escape from the gravitational influence of a massive body, that is, to achieve an infinite distance from […]

Sara Perovic: #My Father’s Legs…

“Once visible and unlocked, they percolate #laying bizarre and metaphorically #fecund vibrating eggs of possibility in the back of the ocular orbit”     I like to think of projects like this as a manual to disarm the author’s hidden obsessions. Once visible and unlocked, they percolate #laying bizarre and metaphorically #fecund vibrating eggs of […]

Chris Killip: The Station and a Note of Gratitude

  “Killip was a human first and an observer or lucid chronicler second”   Chris Killip is known for his immeasurable and singular vision of Britain during the 70’s 80’s and 90’s. To place emphasis on his work in a genre-fied manner would belittle his and its true humanity and potential. Killip was a human […]

Alessandra Sanguinetti The Adventures of Guille & Belinda

“The project, which started when the girls were just nine years old now spans two decades and two continents”   Alessandra Sanguinetti‘s The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Illusion of an Everlasting Summer (MACK, 2020)is a beautifully poetic look into the lives Guille and Belinda, two of Sanguinetti’s long-term subjects and friends.   […]