­­Jason Francisco – Alive and Destroyed

Review by Steve Harp • Where to begin with Jason Francisco’s Alive and Destroyed?  Where does one begin considering, weighing, wrestling with a volume as unsettling and provocative as Francisco’s images of “small and forgotten” sites of the Holocaust across Eastern Europe, made between 2010 – 2019?  One place to begin might be with the... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal Issue #40

Welcome to our 40th and mid-summer Issue •We have an extensive list of photobook reviews that we published in July to help you with your summer reading. This will help us coast through the month of August while we will be on holidays for much of this month as well. All in preparation for the Fall... Continue Reading →

Yuki Kihara – Paradise Camp

Review by  Gerhard Clausing • The categories of genders and gender-related behaviors and preferences are not as binary as some would have us believe. According to Western psychology, we all have both male and female sides; either side can predominate or be more pronounced at times in individuals. The same is true of a variety... Continue Reading →

Gianluca Galtrucco – Time Traveler

Book review by Rudy Vega • The recent publication, Time Traveler by Gianluca Galtrucco is a love letter to the daydreamer in all of us. Making clever use of props, settings, archival footage and captions–Galtrucco has produced a book that guides us back to engage in youthful wonderment. Gazing up to the night skies, who has not pondered... Continue Reading →

Gary Green – Obelisks

Review by Steve Harp •  obelisk: a tapering four-sided shaft of stone, usually monolithic and having a pyramidal apex; SYN: column, daggar, mark, monolith, monument, needle, pillar, pylon, shaft, tower.  Gary Green’s 2021 monograph, Obelisk is a lovely book.  Softcover, measuring 4 ½” x 9”, it fits comfortably in one hand, reminding me of nothing so much as a... Continue Reading →

Malte Uchtmann – Ankommen (Arriving)

Review by Wayne Swanson • Arab Spring. The Mexican-U.S. border crises. Ongoing strife in Africa. And now the exodus from Ukraine to escape the Russian assault. What to do with all these refugees? Germany, in the wake of the wave of emigration caused by Arab Spring uprisings in 2015, emerged as a beacon of hope by... Continue Reading →

Jörgen Axelvall – And I Reminisce

Book review by Rudy Vega • As art mediums go, photography situates itself nicely as a means to aid in recollecting. Photography assists one in filling gaps left by the leaky apparatus known as our memories. Photographic images are still open to interpretation, but placed within the appropriate context can be powerful triggers, enabling one to... Continue Reading →

Arthur Grace – Communism(s): A Cold War Album

Review by  Gerhard Clausing • This impressive photobook starts with the well-known quote by George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  And sure enough, the publication of this book is very timely, since we again find ourselves experiencing various similar expansive acts of aggression and a variety of autocratic... Continue Reading →

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