Catherine Opie

Review by Rudy Vega • Catherine Opie epitomizes what it means to be a prolific artist as Phaidon’s recent release, Catherine Opie aptly showcases. It is a handsome hardcover book of 338 pages of which 300 are of images, including 6 gatefolds. Additionally, there is an introductory essay, and three additional essays serving as lead-ins to the chapters,... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #28

Welcome to our 28th Issue • We are hoping you are enjoying your summer holidays and vacations. We are continuing our book sale fund raiser and really appreciate your responses with book purchases and donations. These make a difference and keep us going. Thank you! I am very delighted to work with Medium Photo again this fall to lead my Zoom creative book workshop, an... Continue Reading →

Paula Riff: works on paper

Review by Wayne Swanson • Earlier this year, we lost a photographic artist with a truly unique vision when Paula Riff succumbed to cancer. Yet this diminutive Los Angeles artist with an outsized personality left us with a beautiful gift, finished just months before her death.  Paula Riff: works on paper, like the artist herself, is... Continue Reading →

Neil Folberg – A Mirror in Macedonia

Review by Douglas Stockdale • This book is part retrospective with an autobiography about the early phase of Neil Folberg’s long photographic career, and part portfolio for early unpublished body of work. As an interesting combination of biography and portfolio, it is front-loaded with his personal reflections on his career change to photography while studying at... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal Book Sale

Although we are not a non-profit organization, we really lack any income, thus essentially a no-profit (low income) organization that is entirely volunteer run. Nevertheless, we do incur expenses to operate, increasingly so these past few years. So we are having our first PBJ fund raiser by selling some photobooks that we think might benefit with a new home. Okay,... Continue Reading →

Roger Bruhn – 8 ½ Garbage Cans

Review by Steve Harp • I find surreal one of the most consistently misused of words, not only in art contexts but in general usage as well. Most often the speaker will mean visually fantastic or simply unbelievable. However, this is far from the concept of “surrealism” as offered by Andre Breton in his manifestos.  For Breton, surreal meant... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #27

Welcome to our 27th Issue •We have begun our summer reading and hope you will consider some of our recently featured books to join you on your holiday adventures. Douglas StockdaleSenior Editor ____ Book reviews for June 2021: Carissa Dorson - Conversations with Dad Communicating with one’s parents can be quite a chore, no matter at what age... (more) ____ Cyrilla... Continue Reading →

Jordi Barreras – Already But Not Yet

Review by Douglas Stockdale • Looking at the photographs of Jordi Barreras’s photobook, Already But Not Yet, one might mistakenly think that his project was created during the COVID pandemic revealing singular individuals in a vacant megalopolis. Only after close inspection and noting the missing masks, which is a hint, that this is probably not true. This... Continue Reading →

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