Gerry Johansson- Ehime & Lalendorf und Klaber

    “it is strange for me to consider his efforts as Swedish and yet there is something to the examination of what can only be referred to as the National Camera, implicit in that sentiment are all of the complications of generalizations and archetypes. I am not trying to espouse something concrete, but rather […]

Robert Clayton’s Estate: An Overlooked Book of British Brilliance

  “The conservative government was in power with reports of David Cameron and his infidelities with swine breaking the news Murdoch-owned dailies”   Estate by Robert Clayton was published in 2015 and I am in no way trying to declare any different, but 2015 was a very different year for Britain. It was the year […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raymond Meeks Ciprian Honey Cathedral

“The home is an environment that triggers the senses, memories and the grand narratives that life has to offer”   How one goes about turning a house into a home varies upon experience and sentimental or emotional need. Ownership implies a difference of value. Mortgage and the implied indentured servitude between life and payoff set […]

Sybren Vanoverberghe’s 1099: A Violent Compression

“The world itself defines humanity by an unceasing and unrelenting violence”   Sybren Vanoverberghe‘s 1099: A Violent Compression Art Paper Editions. Text: Brad Feuerhelm The world itself defines humanity by unceasing and unrelenting violence. This violence can be seen in the material record of geology, but also in historical ruin. The violence that oversees the […]

Peter Mitchell: Early Sunday Morning, Signs & Reasons

  “I have assumed this focus on the found vernacular to be American in nature. However, the details of national ownership is missing apart from the rise of American modernism or the focus on its anti-thesis, namely quaint small town America advertising often hand painted and rough”   It is somehow impossible not to mention […]

Thoughts on Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s Color Work

  “Sunlight arms color photographs with daisies and when it refutes initiation, it instead lends pestilence to limbs that once lovingly embraced the nectar of its floral inhabitants”   Color is a very sensitive pursuit. It curries favor with no artist. It has an understanding about it that exceeds what appears outright as a seasonal […]