Vera Lutter – Museum in the Camera

Review by Steve Harp • I have long found the images of Vera Lutter among the most challenging and thought-provoking in contemporary photography. Lutter’s work is that rare combination of visually beautiful (sublime would be a better word), conceptually challenging (“good to think with,” to use Claude Levi-Strauss’ phrase) and continually surprising (perhaps odd, given the... Continue Reading →

Christian Michael Filardo – Gerontion

Review by Steve Harp • Each photograph in Christian Michael Filardo’s Gerontion is a puzzle, a mystery, an enigma. Gerontion takes its title from a poem of the same name by T. S. Eliot, first published in 1920. The poem is the monologue by an elderly (“gerontic”) man expressing his thoughts on Europe after the First World... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #11

Welcome to our 11th issue • Happy Valentine’s month, and here are some of the books we love. We have another diverse photobook edition for your enjoyment. We welcome Lodoe-Laura Haines-Wangda as a guest contributor who reviewed Zora Murff’s photobook, which was selected as the winner of the Independently Published category for the Lucie Foundation... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #10

Welcome to our Tenth Issue! • We have just entered a new decade that we are starting with a broad selection of photobooks this month, as well as an interview with photo-documentary photographer and film-maker Louie Palu, who is no stranger to creative book publications. We have selected a thoughtful combination of published and self-published photobooks that we... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #9

Welcome to our Ninth Issue! • We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, which for some of you, may still not be over just yet. We think that the holidays are a great time to find new photobooks or spend time with recent book purchases. As we do each year, we share our annual... Continue Reading →

2019 Paris Photo – Polycopies – Offprint

Guest Editorial & photography (copyright 2019) by Christine Riedell • After a whirlwind attendance at Paris Photo 2019, and the auxiliary photo book exhibitions, Polycopies and Offprint, all in Paris from November 6, 2019 through November 8, 2019, I came away with a much-energized knowledge of the state of photo books for 2019. I spent... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #6

Welcome to Issue #6 (September 2019) • September was a busy month for us with a lot of activities around the LACP Exposure Weekend: book design class by Elizabeth Avedon, the LACP Photographic Book Competition exhibition opening and an interesting book panel discussion. Of course, a few book reviews as well. We also welcome Steve Harp, Associate Professor of... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #5

Welcome to Issue #5 We hope you have had a creative and relaxing summer and are ready for the fall season. We are continuing to develop PhotoBook Journal to become your favorite book partner for inspiration book reviews as well as a creative resource to develop your own book publishing endeavors. To this end, we launched this month a... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #4

Welcome to our Fourth Issue • Ah, the summer months are really here and time for holidays and vacations. The temperature has finally become a little hotter here in Southern California, getting past our May-Gray and June-Gloom, the endless days of overcast grayness with the accompanying cooler temperatures, and this year even some rain showers... Continue Reading →

PhotoBook Journal – Issue #3

For June, Issue #3, we feature a broad spectrum of photobooks: photo-documentary, conflict aftermath, introspective look at what is home, conceptual investigations and artistic interpretations. I suspect that there is something for just about everyone as we attempt to examine a cross-current of contemporary photographic books available today. Our NEWS article is highlighting a new left coast... Continue Reading →

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