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March – April 2020 Photo Books

  “I’m trying here to say something about the despised, the defeated, the alienated. About death and disaster. About the wounded, the crippled, the helpless, the rootless, the dislocated. About duress and trouble. About finality. About the last ditch.” No one could sum up Dorothea Lange’s achievement more trenchantly or…

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January – February 2020 Photo Books

You won’t find Leo Goldstein in any of the dictionaries, encyclopedias, or guides to photographic history. Although one of his photographs is included in The Radical Camera (Yale University Press), the history of New York’s Photo League, his name never comes up. So a substantial, appealing new book of Goldstein’s…

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November – December 2019 Photo Books

Just in time to contend for the best photo book of the year: Light Break by Roy DeCarava (First Print/David Zwirner). Following the reissue of The Sweet Flypaper of Life, DeCarava’s 1955 collaboration with Langston Hughes, and accompanied into print by a reissue of the sound i saw (2001), his…

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September – October 2019 Photo Books

      With her first book, 2002’s Closer (Chronicle Books), Elinor Carucci brought us into her life and took us into her confidence, trusting viewers to understand that a certain amount of nakedness, both physical and emotional, was no big deal in her extended family. Closer was an intimate…

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July – August 2019 Photo Books

  The Museum of Modern Art’s recent Lincoln Kirstein exhibition gave the museum the perfect opportunity to reissue, in a substantially revised form, a publication the curator and collector had helped bring into print. Originally published in 1966 to accompany an exhibition of 43 photographs, The Hampton Album was an…

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May – June 2019 Photo Books

William A. Ewing’s The Body: Photographs of the Human Form was something of a pop-culture phenomenon when it was published in 1994 (editions in 13 languages; 500,000 sold). A compact brick of a book, it was a broad historical survey of the subject – Roger Fenton to Robert Mapplethorpe –…

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March – April 2019 Photo Books

Dr. Blankman’s New York (Steidl), a collection of color photographs Tod Papageorge made in the city in 1966 and ’67, is an excellent place to kick off a roundup of street work. According to David Campany’s afterword, Papageorge was 25 that first year and new in town, but his work…

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January – February 2019 Photo Books

The idea of the romantic landscape was pretty much squashed by the New Topographics crew in the 1970s. Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Stephen Shore, and their contemporaries weren’t interested in the magnificent vistas that had inspired so much early photography, especially of the American West. Instead, they turned their attention…

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November – December 2018 Photo Books

    ’Tis the season for Big Books, including several that would be welcome gifts. Easily the most ambitious is Civilization: The Way We Live Now (Thames & Hudson), William A. Ewing’s latest deep dive into a subject that knows no bounds (previous topics: The Body, Love and Desire, and…

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