The Sound I Saw

Roy DeCarava documented the great days of jazz. His book ‘The Sound I Saw’ has some of the most iconic images of the medium. Perhaps even more famous for his collaboration with Langston Hughes, ‘The Sweet Flypaper of Life,’ DeCarava is now enjoying something of a revival thanks to ‘Light Break’ a retrospective of his …

Mother

Paul Graham spent two years taking pictures of his elderly mother in a care home. The images are simple. His mother sits in a chair, sometimes staring at the camera other times dozing off. Anyone who has watched their mother slowly fade away would have loved such a subtle and clear-eyed memorial to the last …

Endangered

Tim Flach spent two years photographing animals on the brink of extinction for his book ‘Endangered.’ The results are poignant but hopefully will inspire people to donate to the myriad of animal charities that do great work trying to protect our wildlife.

All Things are Photographable

  I have very few heroes but one would undoubtedly be Garry Winogrand. For years he roamed the streets of New York photographing the everyday life he came across. People termed what he did street photography, a term he hated, but what ever you call it you gotta love it. Ordinary life is beautiful if …

Public, Private, Secret

The new ICP Exhibition location in the Bowery is host to a fascinating exhibition about the future of image making in the 21st century, ‘Public, Private, Secret’. As it says on the ICP site ‘The exhibition creates a physical experience through which to examine photography’s role in breaking and resetting the boundaries of social and …

Peep Show

  Having peered through windows of New York, Gail Albert Halaban turns his peepers to the apartments of Paris with much the same result. As previously there is the same illicit feeling of haven stolen someone’s privacy and the same wonderfully composed images depicting the lives of our unknown neighbors. In a way it’s street …

Groupie Love

Once in the dim and distant past being a groupie was something many young women happily aspired to be. The evidence has been collected in a new book called ‘Groupies and other Electric Ladies’. It features photographs of the leading ladies of the scene taken by Baron Wolman for Rolling Stone Magazine in 1969, along …

Shot in New York

What better way to tour New York then to tour in the footsteps of its most iconic photographer? Arthur Felig, better known as Weegee, roamed the new York streets capturing the aftermath of mob hits and car crashes, murders and general mayhem. Now ‘Weegee’s Guide to New York’ shows you exactly where many of his …

Severson Surf

Eighty year old John Severson, one of the founding fathers of modern surf culture, has a book out unimaginatively but appropriately called ‘John Severson’s Surf’. This is a man that introduced surf culture to none other than the surfin’ safari Beach Boys( who he accuses of appropriating surf culture) That’s how deep into the culture …

The Last Book

Tom Wolfe had a chapter in his classic ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’ called ‘The Last of the Great Smokers’ featuring a man with a habit soon to be in serious retreat. Dutch photographer Reinier Gerritsen has captured another possibly vanishing habit – reading a paper book. He’s captured people on the subway reading, faces …