Magda Biernat – The Edge of Knowing

Review by Wayne Swanson • America the beautiful. The American Dream. America First! From a vantage point here in the United States of America, these phrases carry specific geographic, social, and political meanings. But from the broader perspective of The Americas, they merely represent one of many parochial views. The Edge of Knowing confronts these narrow... Continue Reading →

Bil Zelman – And Here We Are

Review by Douglas Stockdale • It can be extremely unsettling to read stories about a Holocene Extinction and then to realize that this period applies to the current time. Extinction is a word that is loaded with danger, concern, drama and dire consequences that does not bode well for any animal or mankind. And Here We... Continue Reading →

2020 photo l.a.

photo l.a. (Photo credit: Debe Arlook) By Douglas Stockdale & Debe Arlook • More than 10,000 people attended photo l.a., which was held January 30-February 2, 2020, at the Barker Hangar (Santa Monica Airport) in Santa Monica, California. The opening reception that about 3,000 attended was on Thursday evening, January 30th The annual photographic exhibition... Continue Reading →

Ian Howorth – Arcadia

Review by Gerhard Clausing • Where and what is home? And when you go back, how does the changed reality compare to your childhood memories and yearning? Arcadia is a concept that represents mythical and dreamy fiction, a land of freedom and plenty, a kind of paradise that exists in only the finest moments of... Continue Reading →

Ben Brody – Attention Servicemember

Review by Wayne Swanson • The daily surrealism of war is a subject that has inspired some fine literary and artistic works. Ben Brody’s photobook deserves a place among them. Attention Servicemember is a wry look at the war machine, the way images are used to shape and undermine perception, and the lasting personal impact war has... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #10

Welcome to our Tenth Issue! • We have just entered a new decade that we are starting with a broad selection of photobooks this month, as well as an interview with photo-documentary photographer and film-maker Louie Palu, who is no stranger to creative book publications. We have selected a thoughtful combination of published and self-published photobooks that we... Continue Reading →

Charles Fréger – Cimarron. Freedom and Masquerade

Review by Gerhard Clausing • Charles Fréger’s latest photobook presents an intriguing photographic and ethnographic study of “the masks, costumes, and characters created by the descendants of Africans and indigenous peoples in the Americas to honor their ancestors, commemorate their history and celebrate their heritage.” (Back cover) Our history certainly follows us around, and old... Continue Reading →

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