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Arthur Elgort: The Big Picture

The photographs are, of course, iconic. As in, I remember exactly where I was when I opened that September 1991 issue of Vogue to flip to the page of Linda Evangelista kicking that bagpiper (plaids are hot for fall, ladies!). But Arthur Elgort’s The Big Picture (Amazon, Powell’s) is about more than pretty fashion models. Oh, there’s plenty of them there, […]

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Leonard Nimoy

The news of Leonard Nimoy’s death saddened me. I got to meet him once at a reception at Mass MoCA for the opening of his show there, Secret Selves. I have never seen an opening there so packed. I had spoken to him on the phone for just short of an hour for an article on the show and his […]

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Subterranean London: Cracking The Capital by Bradley L. Garrett

As Tom Waits once put it, “There’s a world going on underground,” and in the world’s hugest and oldest cities, it’s a complicated downward sprawl of a world. The team behind Subterranean London (Amazon, Powell’s) set out to uncover and document that sprawl in an operation of clandestine exploration into places that, legally, they shouldn’t be. Their purpose in doing so is […]

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The Wavers by Greta Pratt

Photographer Greta Pratt has long focused her lens on the examination of people’s relationships with the icons of America. Not just appreciation, but appropriation, adorning their property or themselves with the icons. One of Pratt’s better known series is that of the Nineteen Lincolns, which saw her not only shooting portraits of Abraham Lincoln impersonators, but gathering them together for a group […]

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Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital by Alex Hannaford and Adam Voorhes 

Are you aware that the University of Texas hosts one of the most amazing gatherings of brains in the country? And I don’t mean brainy people doing some heavy thinking, I mean brains. And by gathering, I mean collection. In jars. It’s true. Photographer Adam Voorhes has photographed the brains for Malformed (Amazon, Powell’s), in series of portraits and some […]

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David Lynch: The Factory Photos

With the announcement of a revival of Twin Peaks, it seemed timely that this collection of Lynch’s photos crossed my desk, offering some insight to not only what the man gets up to in his time away from filmmaking, but also what informs his work more than anything resembling conventional narrative. Lynch’s first two films, Eraserhead and The Elephant Man, were the ones most […]

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Bill Cunningham: An Appreciation

Street fashion – and street fashion photography – is now ubiquitous in most cities. Online, there are even niche sites dedicated to older women, people of colour or particular style trends. But most of these blogs tend to simply record what’s out there, and what’s currently hot within mainstream fashion. Here in Toronto, where we’re definitely less adventurous than other […]

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Antibodies by Antoine d’Agata

Antibodies (Amazon, IndieBound, Powell’s) is like an overload of information you don’t want, like too many postcards from from a hopeless subconscious that you never wanted to set loose, and yet you probably won’t look away from it. You can’t even process every bit of minutiae presented and that will keep you looking.What does it all mean? Does it need to mean […]

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dr.a.g. by Christopher Logan

I have kind of a love/hate relationship with Drag performers. On one hand, they can be incredibly witty, subversive and astute, spinning an interpretation of an iconic performer on its head and portraying that person in a way that has fleshed out their soul, so that they become even more of who they were originally. There’s Jim Bailey’s “Judy Garland,” […]

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Targets by Herlinde Koelbl

This compelling book (Amazon, Powell’s) has German photographer Herlinde Koelbl focusing her lens on a sideshow of war and violence that speaks to the desensitivity required to fight at all — the training camps of soldiers around the world. From the U.S. to Afghanistan to Japan to Pakistan and loads more inbetween, Koelbl has captured images of the scenes of war […]

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Photobooth: A Biography by Meags Fitzgerald

In an era when it seems like not only is everyone taking selfies and sharing them, but is also talking about selfies in article and offering judgmental social rules for when selfies are okay and when they are definitely not okay — funerals! concentration camps! — Meags Fitzgerald’s part-history, part-memoir, part-art statement about photobooths couldn’t have come at a better […]

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Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990 by Nathan Benn

By collecting his own photos from an 18-year-stretch in Kodachrome Memory (Amazon, Powell’s), a stretch during which he took photos for his own purpose alongside those he snapped for employer National Geographic, photographer Nathan Benn documents the continuity between American cultures across the land and through time, with an interesting and unexpected conclusion – what connects our eras might not be us, but […]

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Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science, Edited by Norman Barker and Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue

Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science, Edited by Norman Barker and Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue Learning about health issues, diseases, anatomy, bodily functions, any of that, is hardly ever approached in an aesthetic way, but Barker and Iacobuzio-Donahue are trying to change that with this informative book of lovely medical photography that transcends any notion you might have going in that […]

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Stages of Decay by Julia Solis

In case you’ve not noticed, the public fascination over abandoned buildings — which often falls under the category “urban exploration,” though certainly not all the sites of interests are in cities — has continued to grow over the last few years, supporting all kinds of photo projects documenting places of interest. The latest in this trend is Stages of Decay, […]

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A Natural Order by Lucas Foglia

Photographer Lucas Foglia grew up on a small farm in the suburbs of New York, a halfway house between the so-called civilized world and the more secret realm of off-the-grid self-sufficiency. For his book, A Natural Order Foglia traveled around and captured images of people who go all the way in their rejection of what most Americans would term a normal […]

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