Emmet Gowin – The One Hundred Circle Farm

Review by Douglas Stockdale • Who has not flown over America’s Great Plains witnessing the immense circular patterns created by the farmers and wondered if these were the inspiration for the abstract artists of the Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s and the Color Field paintings of the 1960s? For me, these aerial perspectives recall the abstract... Continue Reading →

Kenro Izu – Impermanence

Review by Wayne Swanson • At first glance, Impermanence seems an unlikely title for a monograph honoring the 50-year career of a master photographer and platinum printer whose work has stood the test of time. And quite a substantial book it is, weighing in at more than seven pounds and featuring 220 quadtone images lusciously reproduced on 12... Continue Reading →

Thomas Kellner – Tango Metropolis

Review by Paul Anderson •  How does one get the Tower Bridge of London to dance? Thomas Kellner has found a way, and it can be seen in his 2021 book Tango Metropolis. Kellner’s reworked image of the iconic London landmark turns the bridge into something straight out of a fairy tale, transforming the bridge’s towers into... Continue Reading →

Vivian Maier

Review by Melanie Chapman • Why would someone carry a 258-page hardcover photobook with them across an ocean and throughout four countries when much of the photographer’s work is accessible on-line? When the book is the new retrospective Vivian Maier published by Thames and Hudson, the only appropriate response is “Why Not?!” - As the “someone” who... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal Issue #41

Welcome to our 41st Issue • The summer holidays are coming to an end, with the kids back in school in most regions of the United States. In August we provided a broad selection of artist and photographic books that we hope inspired you while relaxing next to the pool or perhaps on the beach (the latter being my favorite). We are expecting a... Continue Reading →

Odette England – Dairy Character

Review by Micah McCoy • While Odette England’s Dairy Character may first seem a pointed feminist critique of dairy farm culture, a deeper investigation of the text reveals the nuance necessary to adequately address the author’s complex relationship with her past. Odette was raised a farmer’s daughter on her parents’ Australian dairy farm. Her upbringing came with expectations... Continue Reading →

Amanda Marchand – The World is Astonishing With You In It – A 21st Century Field Guide to the Birds, Ferns and Wildflowers

Review by Douglas Stockdale • Amanda Marchand’s artist book, The World Is Astonishing With You In It - A 21st Century Field Guide to the Birds, Ferns and Wildflowers, is a slender photobook, minimalist by design, nevertheless delivering a solid punch. This body of work is an emotional response to her natural subjects, similar to her earlier... Continue Reading →

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