Welcome to our 23rd Issue •
We have a diverse range of book reviews this month: biographies of photo legends, reflections on the act of photography, an artist book and a new zine collection.
Looking ahead: In conjunction with Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP), I will be leading a virtual (Zoom) Book Development Workshop over four days (two consecutive weekends), March 13 & 14th and 20 & 21st from 9:00 – noon (PST). Sign-up at LACP.
Please stay healthy and safe. We still need to wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands and when provided the opportunity, get your vaccine jab. I recently qualified and had my first poke! Which means I should now use the title of Senior Editor (versus Ancient Editor), eh?
Book reviews for February 2021:
Rebecca A. Senf – Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams
This book provides an engaging historical account of one of our most renowned photographic icons. Senf’s biographical anecdote… (more)
The gently layered experience of Tanpa Izin begins with the cover: an untitled forest green and black abstract photograph speckled with the Ben Day dot technique, mirrored on the back cover. Bound by a four-sided kelly green rubber band; I make note of the color green. (more)
There are many stories related to the pervasive adaptions in response to the COIVID-19 pandemic, which has changed and impacted so many lives… (more)
David Campany – On Photographs
His newest book, On Photographs, takes its title from Sontag’s and, as Campany relates in his introduction, from a meeting he had with her in which he raised concerns.. (more)
Yumiko Izu – Saul Letier: In Stillness
Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a Saul Leiter photograph? The soothing atmosphere, the soft, light and, most of all, the gentle painterly color palette of a pioneer in color… (more)
How do you decipher the unfamiliar and the unknown? What cues from your past can be applied to new, unfamiliar shapes and textures, seemingly… (more)
Julia Borissova – White Blonde
Antarctica, the South Pole, a forlorn, and icy desolated location that is not on very many individual’s list as an idea of place to vacation with the family… (more)
Kevin Bubriski – Our Voices, Our Streets: American Protests 2001 – 2011
Americans have always exercised their right to demonstrate and protest, and the peaceful public expression of a multitude… (more)
Deep purples and blacks, satiny reds, rich oranges – the night photography of Hanoi by Wouter Vanhees treats the reader… (more)
Julia Borissova – V (Zine Collection)
Borissova has assembled the first five of her Zine Collections as a group titled V, which includes Running to the Edge (Zine Collection No. 1), The Further Shore (Zine… (more)
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