Laila Nahar – I Have Been Here Before

Review by Douglas Stockdale • As we mature it seems that old family photographs become more bittersweet. Or at least these seem to me. We observe that the many individuals depicted have aged, if not passed, and that our memories of them and related events become more indistinct, as though lost in a midst of time.... Continue Reading →

Alan Gignoux – Mountain Tops to Moonscapes

Review by Douglas Stockdale • Coal mining in American is predominately in a region known as Appalachia, a divisive term applied to parts of Eastern Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia which can extend into parts of Ohio and Georgia. At one time, coal mining required deep tunneling to access the underground deposits, which since the... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #36

Welcome to our 36th Issue •This month we offer another broad survey of artist and photographic book reviews that cover a range of issues.  We also welcome a new guest reviewer, Brian O'Neill. Please stay healthy and safe.Douglas StockdaleSenior Editor ____ Book reviews featured in March 2022: Toshio Shibata - Boundary Hunt Toshio Shibata likes to blur boundaries. Between... Continue Reading →

Pamela Landau Connolly – Fly in Amber

Review by Douglas Stockdale • Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822 – 1865) was a 19th century British photographer who photographed her adolescent daughters, frequently incorporating the use of mirrors and other reflecting surfaces creating multi-faceted portraits and visual narratives exploring self-reflection and introspection. Interestingly little is known of her life, who remains a mystery and what is suspected... Continue Reading →

R. A. Hansen – dreaming backwards

Review by Douglas Stockdale • R. A. Hansen’s photobook, dreaming backwards, is a nostalgic and poetic retrospective of an early body of work set in the rural landscape of middle America, the grand expanses where he was raised in Iowa. Hansen’s photographs are combined with his poems and personal reflections on these poignant early moments of his... Continue Reading →

Ewa Monika Zebrowski – van gogh’s bed

Review by Douglas Stockdale • An apt way to describe Ewa Monika Zebrowski’s artist book, van gogh’s bed, is that it has punctum, a work of art that is imbued with emotional impact. Which also serves as a subtle clue, for those who are familiar with Roland Barthes, the late French philosopher, as to the indirect subject of this body... Continue Reading →

Interesting Artist and Photographic Books for 2021

How quickly this past year went by! And here we are, presenting you with our list of interesting books for 2021. Our selections feature intriguing photographic content, brilliant project concepts, and excellent book designs that support the artist/photographer’s intent in conjunction with spot-on production qualities; the books that are the most interesting have a delightful... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – #26

Welcome to our 26th Issue • We are midway through Spring while Summer is fast approaching. Here in Southern California that means we transition from 'May Gray' to 'June Gloom'; lots of overcast and cooler days, with the really sunny beach weather usually appearing in July. Now is a really good time to select some interesting photobooks to read by... Continue Reading →

Ellen Friedlander – Extended Frame

Review by Douglas Stockdale • A densely packed urban environment can overwhelm the senses. The noisy buzz of activity, the jostling sea of humanity amidst a vast variety of aromas permeating the air. Can a single image effectively distill this urban chaos for a viewer?  As an ardent street photographer, Ellen Friedlander found that one documentary style... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #24

Welcome to our 24th Issue •Wow. It has been two years since we changed our book review format and had not anticipated all of the pending social, economic and health changes we would need to weather. Fortunately the COVID vaccines are here and are quickly being implemented in the United States as many become fully vaccinated (like me).... Continue Reading →

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