All in Book Reviews

Book Review: Southern Sudan

As talented as George Rodger was as a photojournalist of WWII, his collection Southern Sudan is very problematic. The hamartia of ethnographic photography is that of dehumanizing fascination. It is condescending towards the native subjects, as if they are inexplicably mysterious creatures who refuse to assimilate to Western standards of modernity.

Book Review: Art after Stonewall

In remembrance of Stonewall’s upcoming 50th Anniversary, Art after Stonewall, 1969 - 1989 serves up a delightful celebration hand-in-hand with skillful education. The sheer weight of LGBT artwork that was created in the twenty years following Stonewall is immeasurable, yet this photo book tenaciously delves into an ocean of LGBT works

Book Review: Edward Weston: The Early Years

A child of the late 1800s, Weston played a part in revolutionizing early American photography. However, Weston’s earliest works, shot in the first two decades of his life, have almost entirely been destroyed. Dissatisfied with his original photographs, Weston burned the majority of his prints as well as their negatives. It was a mistake he later regretted deeply. However, now, thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and their work in recovering images from his lost daybooks, a set of his rare, untouched images have been made available to the public.

Book Review: Dyckman Haze

There are only so many spots of sanctuary amongst the suffocating throng of bodies, rushing to and fro, on the island we have come to know as Manhattan. Photographer Adam Pape sets out on an exploration of New York City parks throughout Dyckman Haze: a compilation of such dreamlike havens and those who inhabit them.

Book Review: Impossible Love

“Obscenely pornographic” is the default sentiment that follows Nobuyoshi Araki. His newest collection Impossible Love is a compilation of his analogue snapshots taken from various projects, including Memoirs of Yoko (1968-70) and Flower/Doll (2018). His newer projects are softer, though no less provocative, presentations of the Araki that the world is used to.