Evgenia Ignatova Highlights

Evgenia Ignatova Highlights   “No art is bereft of political possibility, yet, there is a strain of representation and often politicized meaning that photography is asked to perform in the 21st Century. We are perhaps losing sight of what photography does well, which is to give form to the optical unconscious of the moment that […]

Photographic Sketchbooks 1

  Going through a box of photographic sketchbooks this week after a prolonged studio move reminded me of the importance of sketching ideas for photobooks ahead of or at least coinciding with moving to digital realms to begin the process of editing and sequencing. My book Dein Kampf (MACK, 2019), has precedents in the photographic […]

Absalon Kirkeby Still Fantasy

Full Article on Patreon Absalon Kirkeby Still Fantasy Published by Disko Bay |…There have been precedents of abstraction with photography from early 20th Century experiments with photograms, Vortographs, and mid-Twentieth-century experiments in Konkrete Fotografie, or the photography of post-AbEx forms of photographic experimentation with chemigrams and darkroom light painting. Recently, artists from Wolgang Tilmans to […]

Abdo Shanan Dry

Full Article on Patreon National Identity is loosely based on tropes of uncertain but narrow fixity: culture, language, and nationhood.  Several mitigating factors have thwarted this fundamental right to the assembly and persistence of identity in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Historically, conquest and colonial desire have eradicated the national identity of oppressed subjects through […]

Robin Graubard Road To Nowhere

Review Excerpt Graubard’s Road to Nowhere is a mercurial title. Published by Loose Joints, the last home of which I might expect to find a book on civil war and discontent to be published, the work reflects neither a war book nor a specific Aftermath book. Aftermath or post-event photography is a genre that looks […]

Alessandra Sanguinetti Some Say Ice

Alessandra Sanguinetti Some Say Ice MACK/Magnum Photo A girl plays the piano convincingly. Another different girl, spotlit, plays a different piano, slightly less convincingly. Steam rises from a river, possibly black, convincingly. A buffalo mourns Its condition confined between fences during a winter snowstorm, most convincingly. A man’s hands clean a six-shooter pistol, and I […]

Ossian Brown Haunted Air

  As a collector of vintage photography with a penchant for the curious, horrific, and sometimes downright traumatic, it is no surprise that I gravitated to Ossian Brown‘s book Haunted Air published by Jonathan Cape in 2011. There also appears to be a new 2022 edition available. I am reviewing the book now as it […]

Rob Ball Silent Coast

    Rob Ball‘s Silent Coast, published by Photo Editions (2022), suggests a distorted type of lyrical documentary investigation where the cruel conditions of political complications atomize the social concerns of a place and its people, reducing the everyday plight of the individual as small, unheard, and unnecessary. An opaque and uneasy accent of dissolve […]

Diane Arbus Untitled 2022 Reaction

  Diane Arbus, from Untitled   This is a 20k-word reaction to Diane Arbus’s posthumously published work Untitled by Aperture. The post comes from a long reaction post on Brad Feuerhelm’s Instagram, where various members of the photographic community replied with their thoughts about the book and its ethical boundaries. The resulting post is a […]

Alec Soth Sleeping By the Mississippi A 2022 Reaction

  The original source material from this post comes from a long-format discussion with many different voices penning their thoughts on Instagram. I wanted to discover what people thought of Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi in 2022. Of course, this is culled from the people who follow me on Instagram and are interested in […]

Bernhard Fuchs Autos: A Forensic Realism, A Forensic Melancholy

The Full article can be found on Patreon   “The sadness that overwhelms us, the retardation that paralyzes us, are also a shield—sometimes the last one—against madness” ― Julia Kristeva, Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia   “On my bicycle tours, time and again, I saw passenger cars, buses, and trucks that just stood around. I […]

Morten Andersen Satyricon & Munch

Please Visit the Full article on Patreon Synopsis: Morten Andersen’s Satyricon & Munch is a perfect example of the collaborative capacity between music and the photobook. The collaboration between black metal heavyweights Satyricon, Andersen, and the Munchmuseet exemplifies a rare chance to see three dominant egos (even if posthumous) work in tandem to produce documentation […]