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Wipe Your Nose Sugar Boy by Mark Albain

If Wipe Your Nose Sugar Boy is situated within Southern Gothic themes, Albain wastes no time getting directly to one of its most central themes—religion. […] Vanity plates and discarded signs indicate that Wipe Your Nose Sugar Boy is set at least in part, in Tennessee. A dead bird, tattered things covered in tarps, and overgrown fauna that follow suggest that in Albain’s South, the gospel is less about prosperity and more about the realism of muted gray tones.

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A Brief Interview with Joel Whitaker

“I want to work through the visual problem of not what a photograph is of, but what it is about and how do I, as a viewer and maker, understand, appreciate, and create that meaning from the experience of viewing. Is the photograph a neutral space in which we are being invited in, or is it charged with meaning and we are expected to respond in whatever way we think is appropriate. It can be difficult.”

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Maximum Sunlight by Meagan Day with photographs by Hannah Klein

Each short chapter of Maximum Sunlight is an account of an encounter with a resident of the town—anecdotal stories of drunkenness, lost jobs, skin heads, juke boxes, the government, and resilience. Each chapter is like the edges of a photograph—sometimes abruptly dissecting and at times cutting short what happened outside the frame or the rest of the story.

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Photography, It’s Time You Stop Looking at Yourself in the Mirror

Regarding this photography with strong themes of the authentic self—autobiography is hindering photography’s ability to create particular truths understood through metaphor and has been lost to an attempt at authentic personal narrative, especially a narrative of specificity and narrow margins of universality.

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A Brief Interview with Willson Cummer

I take from [Thoreau] a sharp focus on the near-at-hand, the excitement and adventure that can be had daily in one’s own neighborhood. […] Robert Adams suggested that we should explore the “half-wild” nature that now surrounds us, as “unspoiled nature” no longer exists. The suburb, which is often criticized as a path to destroy nature, is a rich area to explore the intersections between humans and nature.

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Muddy Waters by Jamie Brett

[E]mpty plastic chairs and the photographs that conflate NYC urban with Texas rural suggest, even if lacking self-awareness, that adversity is universal and a rural to urban relationship has existed for a long while in America. Bleak and self-examining is in many ways, contemporary American photography. Muddy Waters by Jamie Brett wants something more—a good place to begin a journey when it is your own.

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Pictures Without Words – VOL 001, ISS 001

As much intersubjective agreement as possible. Pictures Without Words Volume 001, Issue 001 includes work by Michael Adno, Mark Albain, Eddy Leonel Aldana, Rachael Banks, Paulo Batalha, Filip Bojovic, Craig Buchanan, Ashleigh Coleman, Anastasia Davis, Paul Deville, Elicia Epstein, Jen Ervin, Conner Gordon, Natalie Krick, Sven Laurent, Devin Lunsford, Lisa McCarty, Jennifer McClure, Zora J. Murff, Ellie Musgrave, John Sanderson, Tatum Shaw, Arturo Soto, Francesco Taurisano, Adam Thorman, and Marie Wengler.

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