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 […]

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 […]

Helga Paris: Leipzig Hauptbanhof 1981/82

“I exhibit a strange tendency in airports to curse, eyeball other people with malice and regard the general process of shuttling and hefting my mass through antiseptic tunnels and bizarre space age flat Jetson walklavators with contempt…”   A commonality between train stations and photography is the architecture of waiting. Waiting can be read in […]

John Divola: Chroma and Spectrum Opposition

“Animals by evolutionary prowess and survival mode are given differing powers of sight. Humans with the benefit of great vision are still limited to a fairly diffuse understanding of the wider spectrum. Such is the case of our art as well”   On the face of it, color or chromatic evaluation of form is spectrum […]

Daisuke Morishita:A Raking Trilogy of Indexical Shadows

  “Many photographers will know that moment when they cross the path of the sun beaming down from a fifth story window-some will not even see it, they will feel the change of luminescence on their cheek, their hair will feel warmer as they pace”     The is a debilitating moment for many photographers […]

L’Ascenseur Végétal Interview: Support Photography Book Stores #2

“I know the first photograph that left a significant mark on me, to this day, is George Rodger’s picture of the defeated Nuba wrestler carrying the victor”   Claude Lemaire runs L’Ascenseur Végétal in Bordeaux, France and stocks both new and antiquarian photography books. With all of these interviews, what I hope to accomplish is […]

Understanding Guido Guidi: In Veneto and Lunario

    “Perhaps it’s that what I think I know about photography is really a simple cancer in which I pretend to understand what it offers by the speed in which I believe its delivery system acts as a conduit for its understanding. Perhaps, I want things to slow down as I get older and […]

Chris Shaw: The Hunter and A Proximity To Prey

  The hunter is not hunting a person, nor an animal. The species of its intent is not pulsating, but rather imagined-it is the photographic. When I blather hot steam, a forceful wind, a speech upon the youth-less cuspids in my mouth of what I portend to mean about the “photographic”, I realize that it […]

Brad Rimmer: Nature Boy, Dispossession and the Art of Fire

“The teens of the group had mentioned amongst themselves that Marie Kondo was probably part of the seemingly insidious discussion. Was the dispossession that the man raged about relegated to clutter or to economics? And…why should we/I/You concern ourselves with considerations of obscene boredom when the beds were allegedly burning? Not much fun in this […]

Hausthor & Guilmoth: Sleep Creek, Gauze-Eyed Gothic

  “Listen, the weight of a heavy set foot dragging across the floor boards above unmoored by concern for the splinter in the attic above, the same attic two floor removed from the wet-smelling basement where deer hides are tanned with Borax soap..”   Out here, I see the world through a type of gauze […]

Mark Mahaney: Polar Night

“The disappearance of discernible items that we consider part of the terrain from fire hydrants to road signs seem obliterated and marshmallowed under the soft, yet threatening canvas or blanket of ice that permeates each picture. Houses tend towards the gingerbread with too much icing and though it can be suggested that it is possible […]

2019: A Short Guide To White People & Their Photography Books

It was the best of years….   Once again it is that time of year where I try to drum up some sort of edit from all of the incredible work the photography book world offers up. This year is difficult as I felt it has been one of the strongest years in recent memory […]