Hans-Christian Schink’s Slowness as Method in Hinterland

"Slowness as an idea is to suggest something still in the photographic image. If not still, it suggests something tectonic or glacial in pace"   Slowness in photographic terms reflects an indebtedness to a few varying factors. One is of course technical. Large cameras take by comparison a very long time to set up and [...]

Samuel Fosso Autoportrait SIX SIX SIX

"Our point of view of the self is hidden and although personal subjectivity is widely considered to be the foundation of image-making at present, we have deluded ourselves for a great number of years suggesting that photography could ever be anything more than the self exposed through images of the exterior."   The greatest gift [...]

Arnaud Montagard: The Road, The Diner and the Drink on the Table

  “In the case of Arnaud Montagard’s The Road Not Taken, the lens is focused on the remnants of a mid-century American dream as exemplified by gas stations and diners that bear all the vernacular hallmarks of the Atomic Age”     The best way to describe human activity in a photograph is to remove […]

Marina Caneve: Are They Rocks or Clouds?

“I think what was really drawing me to Marina’s book was how it was animating this story of the mountains, their potential and actual destructive forces and how human lives are so dwarfed in the scale of that force yet so emotionally attached to life in the mountains.” – Sunil Shah

Stephen Shore: Transparencies VS. American Surfaces 2020

  “The Transparencies book published by MACK is also significant in its design, the essay within and sequence of the work, which is chapterized by annual progressions through the 70’s American dream in banal (good word, word of goodness) detail”     It is not often that a re-examination of the periphery of a significant […]

Sophie Calle – Because

“The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb” – Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose. […]

A Texture Akin to Language: Alan Huck Revisits Michael Schmidt’s Waffenruhe

  “The fridge was loud, but outside it was quiet, much quieter.”     There is a literal wall of language separating the two halves of Michael Schmidt’s landmark photobook Waffenruhe (published in 1987 and reprinted in 2018), a visually sprawling text that spans seventeen pages at the center of the book. Despite the text’s […]

Awoiska van der Molen’s The Living Mountain

Everything is reducible to carbon. From the tip of the pencil that provides musical annotation on a score to the living forest in front of the camera. Carbon provides the means for life and all living forms bend to the will of carbon. Carbon is elemental and essential. It forms more compounds than all the […]

Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957/2020

  “It would be easy for me to say that this book is published at the right moment and that it correlates a simple reminder about the inhuman conditions of the past…”   It is June 9th, 2020 and as I sit here penning this “review” of Gordon Parks perhaps sadly non-anachronistic and oddly prescient […]

Tatum Shaw’s PLUSGOOD! Color Corrected

“All are slightly queasy in appearance, the Technicolor saturation making the images unbelievable to some extent, which adds to the delirium of her dream state”.     High-intensity color saturation in a photograph creates something of a parallel universe in which things can feel positively uncanny. I would suggest that in terms of historical notation […]

Thomas Sauvin: In Opposition, The Mirror Lies

  We confuse ourselves with our recognition of our portrait in a mirror. The hand that brushes away the hairs from the forehead, the sweet sticky perspiration that pins the lock to the crown is read in reverse and yet, this reversal is apathetic to the self that it stares back at. The eyes glare […]