Category: Reviews

The Once and Future Now – Review of “Olmsted Trees” by Stanley Greenberg

It is relatively commonplace for a collection of photographs to have an historical intent.  We are accustomed to looking at

Gravitas and Joy – Review of “Coney Island People: 50 Years” by Harvey Stein

Coney Island is one of the bedrocks of American mythology. It does not matter if you’ve never been there. If you are

When Witness is Invitation – Review of “Beautiful, Still” by Colby Deal

I will admit to a special fondness for the documentary photobook. More deeply than most photojournalism, these books are often

Implications – Review of “From Yonder Wooded Hill” by Riley Goodman

Legends are peculiar things. By definition, they are acts of storytelling. They are acts of memory, too, though the facts

Emotion Recollected – Review of “Spray Nation” by Martha Cooper

If photobooks can capture and define a movement, then the 1984 book, Subway Art, co-authored by Henry Chalfant and Martha

Extraordinary – Review of “The Only Woman” by Immy Humes

We have all seen these pictures go by. Sometimes on social media, sometimes in magazines, an image comes up that

The Space of/between Then and Now – Review of “The Way It Was: Road Trips USA” by Thomas Hoepker

If one photograph can capture and sustain a moment in time, two images capture something much more difficult to explain. Two

The Inspiration Cards – Review of “The Street Photography Challenge” by David Gibson

This is going to be a very short review of a product I have come to love. Notice I did

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