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 …

Kane Hulse

The minimalist shots of Napoli and Havana courtesy of Kane Hulse, concentrate on the architectural shapes and pastel colors that shape the two crumbling but vibrant cities. Like Eggleston, he finds interest and beauty in the apparently mundane and has the uncanny ability to make you see the familiar through new eyes.Like Richard Misrach he …

Sun Slipping Down

For the last forty years as visitor, social worker and reporter Eugene Richards has been coming to the Arkansas Delta. The result of this deep relationship is his soulful book ‘A Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down’. It’s a timely reminder in these post Ferguson times of how the legacy of racism and slavery …

All-American: Born Ready

‘Born Ready’ is the latest in the All American series, produced by Bruce Weber and his partner Nan Bush that attempts to show contemporary America. The volume starts with a poem from Native American writer Sherman Alexie. According to Weber while the poem ‘looks to the future, it reflects living in the past’ which is …

The Dying of the Light

For me the photography book of the year is Paddy Summerfield’s ‘Mother and Father’, a work of such simplicity and poignancy that it can move a hard man to tears. The subject is the photographer’s elderly parents and their battle with Alzheimer’s The images are furtively captured from behind windows and bushes and feature the …