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David was working on his series of street people portraits during a very chaotic time in New York City. The city was in a massive financial crisis. Ed Koch was the mayor. Crime had exploded and Studio 51 was at its height of popularity. With all this going on, the city streets gave David a wondrous array of people to meet and photograph. Info and images are here.

This is an amazing book on many levels. I recommend Gordon Parks, Pittsburgh Grease Plant, 1944-1946 to anyone who is interested in seeing brilliant editorial photography by one of its masters.
It expanded my knowledge and appreciation of his work and his contribution to documenting the Black American experience. As a photo book designer, I also recommend it to anyone interested in learning how best to present the work of a photographer and how to document an editorial assignment from conception through execution. Info and images are here.

Chris Anthony’s new book, "Thanks, we’ll take it from here", lives at the intersection of photography and the income equality revolution. It’s a vibrant, ruckus collection of photographs and the multitude of materials that make up the income equality movement in all its forms today. Info and images are here.

Look closer. That’s exactly what Ken Graves and Eva Lipman did when they worked together on the photographs in the new book, "Restraint and Desire". At first, the images seem to just capture a moment during a multitude of social events, but if you look closer, the images capture a moment that is crystalized in the title of the book – restraint and desire.. Info and images are here.

As some of you know, I’ve been shooting in a boxing gym in my Boston neighborhood for over a decade. I know first-hand how difficult it is to shoot in and around a boxing environment. In Brian Finke’s new book “Backyard Fights”, he documents the people and the culture of backyard boxing in rural Virginia. Info and images are here.

As a graphic designer and a fine arts photographer, there is nothing I admire more than a well-conceived and executed hardcover photobook. Robbie Lawrence’s Blackwater River is the best designed and produced photobook I have seen this year. Info and images are here.

I’ve been a big fan of this series since I first saw Pelle’s prints it at a portfolio review several years ago. Pelle Cass’s new book gives you a chance to see a number of his wonderfully overly-populated photographs. Info and images are here.

Mike Smith’s new book of black and white portraits, Streets of Boston, is filled with people in the real streets and neighborhoods of Boston. The people that I see every day, the people that live and work here for most for all their lives.
Info and images are here.

Accompanying the first solo exhibition of Swiss Guinean artist Namsa Leuba at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, Crossed Looks features Leuba’s major projects to date, including photography series in Guinea, South Africa, Nigeria and Benin, and the debut of a new series recently made in Tahiti.
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Giacomo Brunelli’s new book, “New York”, is a beautifully designed book of New York street photographs shot in a gritty black and white, high-contrast style.
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The Nicola Vassell Gallery (a recently opened New York City gallery) is presenting an exhibition of photographs by Ming Smith. As it states in the gallery’s press release “She was the first female member to join Kamoinge, a collective of Black photographers in New York City in the 1960s who documented Black life”.
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Bévillard’s images take us on a journey through multiple halting sites, indistinct rural landscapes and some settled social housing estates around the Republic of Ireland, not only giving us insight into daily life, but also providing rare glimpses of family rituals: weddings, christenings and funerals, which make up the bedrock of all Irish communities.”
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Candela Gallery kicked off 2021 with a timely exhibition featuring works by 33 international and national artists.
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Mahdiyeh Afshar bakeshloo, an Iranian fine arts photographer, contacted me and asked me to take a look at her work. I have to admit that I had no knowledge about the photography community in Iran. I am very impressed by the surreal nature of her photographs.
Info and images are here.

I’ve been a big fan of Joni Sternbach’s Surfland portraits of surfers for quite some time. To me, the portraits are both contemporary and timeless. In her latest book, Surfboard, Joni turns her lens on the surfer’s exquisitely crafted surfboards.
Info and images from the new book are here.

Tideland proves that otherworldly visions can appear at the most unexpected time and in the most unexpected places. Sometimes when I am walking the streets of my city, if my mind is open enough, I will see a glimpse of the universe in a broken piece of concrete. In Tideland, David Batchelder shows us the unearthly visions he captured along the ocean’s shore.
Info and images from the new book are here.

Nobody could have predicted the level of success Star Wars has had and that its cultural effect would spread far beyond the film world. Richard Renaldi’s new book, Star Wars T-Shirts shows that the film still reaches an incredibly broad an audience 43 after its release.
Info and images from the new book are here.

Chris Killip’s new book, The Station, documents the English music venue where, in 1985, the clientele mixed very load music, fashion, and more than a bit of violence.
Info and images from the new book are here.

I had no idea what the term “Tel – Avivis” meant. In the text about the book Pascal sent me he states, “Tel-Avivis” is a colloquial and affectionate term for the residents of Tel Aviv.”
Info and images from his book "Tel - Avivis" are here.

I became aware of Jake Dockins "Bull Riders" series via Instagram. Jake states that "The resulting photographs function as a visual narrative that explores the space between confidence and fear."
Info and images from the series are here.

Harold Edgerton - Seeing the Unseen

Etherton Gallery has published “Danny Lyon: Thirty Photographs 1962-1980”. Produced in an edition of ten, each portfolio contains 30, 11 x 14-inch gelatin silver prints, a colophon, and an essay by Terry Etherton, President of Etherton Gallery, and is housed in an attractive, handcrafted clamshell box.
Info and images from the book are here.

Eddie Kenrick

I came across a posting on Instagram about Eddie Kenrick’s new book “The Punks in Color.” It peaked my interest because it is at the intersection of music and photography. Two of my passions. Eddie’s photos are as rough and honest as the music is..
Info and images from the book are here.

Toby Binder - Wee Muckers

Toby Binder’s New Book, Wee Muckers, Accompanies Teenagers In Six Different Protestant And Catholic Belfast Neighborhoods, Proving An Intimate And Immediate Insight Into The Daily Lives Of A Whole Generation. It Depicts The Ubiquity Of Unemployment, Drug Crime, And Violence Afflicting Belfast’s Youth, Whether They Live On One Side Of The “Peace Wall” Or The Other.
Info and images from the book are here.

New Path - Alegra Ally

Few people I know would have the courage or the stamina to embark on Alegra Ally’s latest initiative.
Information about the new book is here.

Images in Transition

The Wombat Art Box No. 38 packages a number of Stanley Kubrick’s photographs from Prizefighter as well as an incredible black and white photograph of Rocky Graziano showering after a workout.
Information about the new book is here.