Yep, it's true. The New York Times covers photography in general admirably well but doesn't really treat photography books with the same attention as it does other kinds of books. Nonetheless, this recent article on zines is encouraging. It is not specifically about photozines and is clearly written for the uninformed, but just the fact that it's in the Times makes it noteworthy.
About Jennifer's 5-volume piece White Ponds, she writes:
"This loose metaphorical narrative is comparable to a daydream, following and flickering between the characters, as the end references the beginning, the characters tend to lose identity and become one notion. Bits and pieces of these characters and their spaces are explored slowly revealing facets and dimensions of identity within each character. I see these photographs as pools of reflections for these characters, as well as myself."
Breath is a visual journal of a personal investigation during Dawn's artist residency in Iceland this past summer.
by Karen Davis
When my sister died, I inherited “The McCann Family”, dolls that she played with throughout childhood and kept with her all her life.
Cheryl pretended she was Tom McCann, spunky and misunderstood. I was Mary Ann, Mother’s favorite. When Tom couldn’t stand on his own, Cheryl fitted him with crutches and braces like hers. (She had spina bifida). Arranging the family in scenes, she created her private world.
Decades later, I place the four-inch dolls on stage, directing their actions. I present my photographs in book form where the dolls are actual size and in large format prints to bring the McCanns and memories of childhood to life.
From Christine's book THE LIVES OF CHILDREN... the image you see is called The Girl Who Stopped Turning from a painting series entitled "The Lives of Children". The series was completed in the months after I constructed my installation "In Our Name: Iraqi Children in War" and my focus shifted from the specifics of war to the themes of loss and memory. The images are digitally printed on Hahnemuhle's William Turner 190 g paper and on an overlay of 2P Polyvoile Fabric.
The front and back covers of Kat O'Brien's book My Dance With John, about her father who would've been 100 years old on the opening day of the bookMARKs exhibition, November 5, 2011.
The pinkie finger on my right hand began to bleed spontaneously one day in 2006. Several times a month that
year, my pinkie would suddenly begin bleeding heavily without any provocation. Getting a correct diagnosis proved difficult. I had an extremely rare medical condition called AVM (Arterio-Venous Malformation) in my right hand. I researched and consulted with doctors to find the best treatment option, but there seemed to be nothing the doctors could do to stop the bleeding except amputate the finger. There was a battle between an angel and a devil in my heart at this time. Goethe’s Faust somehow became a metaphor for my experience. In folklore, an individual may write a pact (pactum in Latin) with the devil, usually signed with their own blood. The pact involves loss of a part of the individual, often the soul. But in my case, it involved the possibility of a physical loss, the loss of my finger. Those books are a visual statement of my physical, emotional, and spiritual journey.
I first saw Amy's photographs of what I'll take the liberty of calling confectionary madness at last year's Photography Now exhibition, curated by Aperture's Leslie A. Martin, at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. I'm so happy that her book will be in the bookMARKs exhibition.