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In the opening of his new book, “This Was Then” Mike Abrahams states: “these photographs, taken between 1973 and 2001, are of ordinary lives that are so often ignored and marginalized.” The book showcases 133 of his black and white images. He goes on to say, “even though I have been privileged to travel widely with my camera, it is the lives that I have been able to document in Britain that hold the greatest significance for me. “ Those years were marked by major political and economic upheaval, and Mike’s camera captures ordinary people, old and the young, going through both the mundane and the chaotic moments of their lives.
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“The cemetery seizes your mind. After wandering around here for three years, I’d pretty much lost the need to take pictures, but kept returning, the last time to search for the gravestones and statues in the pictures I’d already taken” Eugene Richards writes in the afterward of his new book, “Remembrance Garden – A Portrait of Green-Wood Cemetery”. Besides presenting a collection of the photographs he took over that period, the book includes several personal remembrances as well as a collection of the epitaphs he encountered. The epitaphs cover the full history of the cemetery and range from LIEUT. CLAUTON SHOLES, Born May 10, 1832 Died in Battle of Bull Run July 21 1861 to JEAN-MICHEL BASQUITAT Artist Dec 1960 Aug 1988.
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My friend, Neal Rantoul sent me images and information about his latest project.
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The young men that are the subject of Jim Mangan’s new book, “The Crick”, were raised in a rural Colorado town ruled over by a prophet. They were cast out of their church and forced to create a life for themselves. They formed a unique community based on what they knew, the love of nature and the cowboy life. Jim’s photographs, taken over a period of six years, are both hauntingly beautiful and sadly tragic at the same time.
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When you Google the name Garry Winogrand and select the images tag, you see dozens of his iconic black and white images. Only if you take the time scroll far down the page do you start to see a few color images. I know that my perception of his work was always based on his classic black and white photographs. Winogrand Color, offers Winogrand fans a collection of rarely, if ever, seen color images.
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Susanne Breidenbach states in her forward to Lucinda Devlin’s new book, Frames of Reference, that “for nearly half a century Lucinda Devlin has been photographing interiors and outdoor spaces, architecture and landscapes, applying a highly consistent approach and demonstrating the utmost concentration.” Indeed, she has. This beautifully designed and produced book features her photographs whose subjects range from "Orpheus Disco, Syracuse, New York, 1978" to "Lethal Injection Chamber, Texas State Prison, Huntsville, Texas, 1992".
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I’ve been fortunate to know visionary photographer, Olivia Parker for several decades. I’ve always been fascinated by her ability to create new and unique bodies of work. Throughout her career, she has never been shy about taking her work in new directions. At a recent studio visit, I saw this series of work and was knocked out by its boldness. I asked Olivia if she would be willing to have an exhibition featuring the series at Curry College and she was kind enough to agree. Alison Poor-Donahue and I co-curated the exhibition titled "Olivia Parker - Persephone's Graffiti". Info and images are here.

I’ve known Neal Rantoul for several decades. During that time, Neal was the head of the Photo Program at Northeastern University in Boston as well as an extensively exhibited and collected fine arts photographer. Neal continues to create new work and recently he sent me information and images from his latest series, Shirley. Info and images are here.

When I first assumed the position of Executive Director of Boston’s premier fine arts photography organization, I made a list of the people that I felt should be on our lecture schedule. Bruce Davidson was one of the top names on my list. His lecture was one of the most insightful and inspirational that the organization ever presented. Bruce Davidson: The Way Back will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from June 22 through September 16, 2023. Selected by the acclaimed photographer from his vast archive, the exhibition will present previously unpublished work dating from 1957-1977. Info and images are here.

“Water” is the title of Ian Berry’s new book. He documents a topic that is becoming increasingly important every day. Ian was invited by Henri Cartier-Bresson to join Magnum Photos in 1962 and has taken a multitude of the most memorable photographs of the late 20th and early 21st century. Info and images are here.

Andrea Gjestvang spent six years photographing on the Faroe Islands documenting the men who are referred to as “Atlantic Cowboys”, men who live in a primarily male society making a very demanding living off the sea and the land. Info and images are here.

In her collection of both black & white and color photographs, artist Gretchen Grace captures this sense of vibrancy and possibility. New York is a city so full of personality and people that anything could happen at any given moment. By combining black and white images taken in a classic 'caught moment' street photography aesthetic, along with nuanced color studies and abstractions, Grace conveys this complexity unique to the city. Info and images are here.

Photographer Rob Hammer logs in an average of 35,000 miles per year road-tripping around the United States in his truck with his dog, exploring, discovering, and photographing what he's said can be "an endless expanse of unknown." He's come to call the trips "treasure hunts," and the 75 color images collected in his new book Roadside Meditations reflect a sense of respect and wonder not only for the landscapes and human imprint he discovers along the way, but also for the immersive process itself. Info and images are here.

Marc Vallée is a London based documentary photographer. His new book is titled “90s Archive: Volume One”. Marc has photographed youth culture, in Paris, Berlin, and London. He has made work about the tension between public and private space in the context of graffiti, skateboarding and queer cultures. He has self-published zines and shown in group exhibitions at the Museum of London and Somerset House. Info and images are here.

In the years from 1973 to 1977, Steve Dunwell photographed New England textile mill workers in their working environment. To highlight the series, he has assembled a portfolio showcasing nine of the portraits. The portfolio, titled “With These Hands” is a collection of elegantly crafted, black and white portraits of the mill workers. Info and images are here.

The world has lost an unknown number of irreplaceable masterpieces due to war. Tragically, it continues today because of the war in Ukraine. Elena Subach’s new book "Hidden" documents the work of courageous Ukrainians to save as much of their cultural masterpieces as possible. Info and images are here.

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.

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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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