BooksSam Shahid, And the band was playing a gay tune
The book And the Band Was Playing a Gay Tune is very personal to me, and in some ways, has been in the works for over four decades. The book is a photo documentary of gay life—the struggles, the triumph, the heartache, and the joy—shot from the 1970’s through today.
BooksLaia Abril, Lobismuller
Was the Werewolf of Allariz a woman? In 1853, Manuel Blanco Romasanta was tried for the murder of 17 people: he confessed to nine of them but declared himself not guilty because he was suffering from a curse that turned him into a wolf. Although this defence was rejected at trial, his death sentence was commuted to allow doctors to investigate the case.
BooksMichael Dunev, Parallax
We are told that a shift in the angle from which something is observed alters our perception of it and they call it parallax. In quantum mechanics, the physicist Werner Karl Heisenberg noted that the simple act of observing something alters its position and he called it the uncertainty principle.
BooksWe are dandy, The elegant gentleman around the world
Dandies can look all sorts of ways and live in all sorts of places. What unites them? “An obsessive male pursuit of elegance in life and style,” writes Nathaniel Adams, in his book with the photographer Rose Callahan, We Are Dandy: The Elegant Gentleman Around the World (Gestalten).
BooksJulia Fullerton-Batten, The Act
In The Act, photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten portrays the lives and skills of women who voluntarily engage in the UK sex industry as their career. All of them chose a markedly different path in life to the usual one, wittingly challenging social stigma. Julia Fullerton-Batten investigated why this is with imagery and videoed interviews.
BooksGao Bo, Tibet 1985-1995, Offrandes
Photographe et plasticien né en Chine, ancien membre de l’Agence VU, Gao Bo vit depuis plus de trente ans entre la France et la Chine d’où il modèle une œuvre empreinte de spiritualité. Les photographies qu’il a réunies dans cet ouvrage ont été prises au cours de ses cinq voyages au Tibet entre 1985 et 1995.
BooksMiki Kratsman, The Resolution of the Suspect
Israeli-Argentinian photojournalist Miki Kratsman has worked for over three decades in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. In The Resolution of the Suspect, Kratsman re-contextualizes over three-hundred of his images, originally taken in a daily news context, to investigate the everyday realities of Palestinian life under Israeli Occupation.
BooksThrough Darkness to Light: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad
From a cotton plantation just South of Natchitoches, Louisiana all the way north to Canada, this series of photographs helps us imagine what the long road from slavery to freedom may have looked like as seen through the eyes of one of those who made this epic journey, circa 1840.
BooksPatty Carroll, Anonymous Women
For over twenty years, Patty Carroll has staged photographs using models, drapery, and household objects to create humorous, provocative photographic tableaux that comment on the role of women in the home. Anonymous Women, published by Daylight Books, presents images of women in theatrical domestic scenes where their true identity is lost in the trappings of domesticity.
BooksRichard Mosse, Incoming
At a moment when the world is facing the world’s largest refugee and migration crisis since the Second World War, Incoming by Irish artist and Deutsche Börse Photography Prize winner Richard Mosse deals with the major humanitarian and political plight of our time, the displacement of millions due to war, persecution and climate change.