PBJ Issue Number 35 •
February became a difficult month for those who love democracy, with an unrelenting attack of Ukraine by a madman in Russia. We are unsure of how this will end, but I am voting for the people of Ukraine to persevere.
Remember, most Russian citizens do not support this war, thus as you consider what Russian goods to boycott, consider supporting the Russian artists and photographers who oppose this crazy war.
On a more up-beat note, I am very honored to be a guest photobook curator for Ann Mitchell’s art/photo blog Thinking About Photography. For her recently published article that features photography + color, I selected six photobooks that broadly feature color where how the book artist works with color is an important element.
Books featured in February 2022:
Helga Härenstam – Ylandet & Människan / Howling & Humans
Helga Härenstam came upon a nearly 300-year-old poem, James Thomson’s The Seasons. That work, popular for over a hundred years after the author’s … (more)
Michal Solarski & Tomasz Liboska – Cut It Short
A friendship that can be traced back to our youth and has lasted into the present is something to be treasured and celebrated, if we are lucky enough to have… (more)
Fred Mitchell – If You Go All the Plants Will Die
When things are not going right, everything is perceived to be in the same sad state of affairs…(more)
Philippe Ciaparra – Paysages & Transfiguration
Many people see melancholy in the dying of the light, but French photographer Philippe Ciaparra sees utopia… (more)
Ed Kashi – Abandoned Moments. A Love Letter to Photography
Not too long ago, the term “abandoned moments” meant images that we would toss aside: subject not significant enough, not sharp enough, some blurring… (more)
Phillip Prodger (Editor) – Face Time: A History of the Photographic Portrait
As the saying goes: You can’t judge a book by its Cover. In the case of “Face Time: A History of the Photographic Portrait”, edited by Phillip Rodger, the cover… (more)
Moyra Davey & Peter Hujar – The Shabbiness of Beauty
Peter Hujar was a photographer who chronicled the cultural scene of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also known for his magical ways in… (more)
Thinking About Photography: Photography + Color
I am very honored to be a guest curator for Ann Mitchell’s art/photography blog Thinking About Photography. For her recently published article that features photography + color, our editorial team selected six diverse photobooks that feature color, be it the photography or as a component of the book’s design and layout.
These include the photobooks by the late Harvey Benge, Nick Brandt, Cig Harvey, S. Billie Mandle, Fred Mitchell and the late Paula Riff. The photobook segment can be found here.
Articles & photographs published on PhotoBook Journal may not be reproduced without the permission of the PhotoBook Journal staff and the photographer(s).
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“…most Russian citizens do not support this war” — you couldn’t be more wrong here, all the recent polls show that up to 70% do support the war, which is also confirmed by the Russian citizens’ actions (or rather a pathetic lack of them). So instead of supporting Russian artists consider supporting the Ukrainian military: https://savelife.in.ua/en/donate/
Regretfully the Russian government behind the scenes running the polls, so I don’t trust this poll number either. Regardless, supporting the Ukrainian people is essential.