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Category: Photobook/Printed Media Reviews

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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Fortieth Parallel by Rory Hamovit

Early in Fortieth Parallel is included a photograph of Humboldt Sink in Nevada with the word “NOW” etched across the smooth sloping, sun-bleached plain. The difference between the nonpermanent quality of newsprint on which the image is printed versus photographs made by O’Sullivan to be included in a photographic archive is not lost while looking at this photograph and I consider what in fact it means to live in the present.

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Sad Things by Rachael Banks

Sad Things by Rachael Banks is everything that makes up a photograph but in sum, not photographic. A camera was utilized and the resulting objects were photographs — depictions of heartbreak, loss, violence, possible addictions, some love and some anger as the content conveys. But Sad Things is not about the photograph as an object nor the objects captured as photographs. Rather, it is all these things as they are — unsorted memories and that which might inform a photographic dialogue — reproduced, printed and bound.

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Corrections by Zora J. Murff

Zora J. Murff’s Corrections considers a problem of looking — a societal shortcoming — as evidenced by portraits of individuals with faces obscured and photographs of things and places that regard our willful neglect to look not just at individuals subject to criminal prosecution, but also our own vision in need of correction. Corrections presents the reader with a problem — how to look at portraits of people without identity — that without faces, feel incomplete. And in turn then, poses the question of how to correct our ability to see objectively when looking at that at which we do not know how to look.

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