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Category: Reviews

No Exit – Review of “Sin Salida” by Tariq Zaidi

The documentary image is a complicated and troubled idea. At one level, it seems straightforward. The goal is to document, without

The Rest of the Story – Review of “Gathered Leaves Annotated” by Alec Soth

There is something deeply wonderful about hearing a story, and then hearing it again. Think about listening to a song,

Something Completely Different – Review of “Scarti di Tempo” by Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

Let’s call it reader, or viewer, error. I picked up Scarti di Tempo, the new book by Sandra Cattaneo Adorno,

A Quiet Intimacy – Review of “Family Photographs” by Joan Albert

It’s always a bit of magic when a photograph transcends the mundane and becomes something special. We all have family

On the Missing Other – Review of “Dining Alone: In the Company of Solitude” by Nancy A. Scherl

The whole idea of communion, of breaking bread together, is deeply rooted in human psychology and history. It doesn’t matter

In Transit – Review of “Station to Station: Exploring the New York Subway” by Ed Hotchkiss

I do not live in New York City, although I visit often. And when I visit, it appears inevitable that

Every Page a Gem – Review of “Water Views: Rivers, Lakes, Oceans” by David Ondaatje

Here is something obvious, but always worth repeating. Perspective creates insight. I don’t mean insight in any all-encompassing way. What

Doubled Vision – Review of “The People’s Pictures” by Lee Friedlander

I remember a soft spring evening several years ago, before the pandemic. A man named Andrew Steinberg, a tremendously gifted

Expanded Seing – Review of “Crossed Looks” by Namsa Leuba

Perhaps the very best thing about art, in any genre, is its ability to expand our imagination. We read a

Disturbing and True – Review of “Course of the Empire” by Ken Light

A single documentary image can contain a powerful moral argument. Two images together create a story. An entire book can

Changed Expectations – Review of “Seeing Silence: The Beauty of the World’s Most Quiet Places” by Pete McBride

What do you do when you expect one thing and get another? What if that new thing is really wonderful

The Soft Veil of a Dream – Review of “Paysages & Transfiguration” (“Landscapes & Transfiguration”) by Philippe Ciaparra

Every now and then a book comes along which causes me to pause. I think I know what I’m looking

Learning from Others – Review of “How I Make Photographs” by David Yarrow (a part of the Masters of Photography series)

There is a lot of jazz in rock and roll. There’s a lot of the hymn in jazz. There’s a

Inspiration and Challenge – Review of “Photographers on Photography” by Henry Carroll

For many years, my father’s favorite book was Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. A blue-covered hardback, heavy and thick, it migrated around

In Praise of Volume – Review of “Colorist” by Robert A. Flischel

The use of color is a tricky subject for photographers. I’m not talking about color versus black and white or