Vicki Goldberg on Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Enduring Truths: Sojourner’s Shadows and Substance

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In 1826 a thirty-year-old slave escapes captivity becoming a legally free, outspoken and effective supporter of the abolitionist cause.

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Eugénie Shinkle on Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin Spirit is a Bone

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The images in Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s Spirit is a Bone were made using advanced facial recognition software, which gathers data from four separate lenses and builds a model of the face according to the configuration of the skull—the spaces, unique to each face, between eyes, nose, and mouth. The resulting three-dimensional images, all depicting citizens of Moscow, are data visualizations rather than photographic portraits per se. Usually taken without the subject’s knowledge, they are euphemistically termed “non-collaborative” by the Russian engineers who designed the software used to create them. The book takes its title from Hegel’s claim, in…

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Andrew Stefan Weiner on Marcel Broodthaers Musée d ’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, Section Publicité

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The Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers has long suffered from a bifurcated reception: while his work has been shunned by many, due in part to his reputation as a hermitic figure or a stylistic outlier, it has been championed by others, who see it as a pivotal threshold in the development of critical post-conceptual art. Mindful of this divide, a major international 2016 retrospective currently on view at New York’s Museum of Modern Art has sought to complicate viewers’ sense of Broodthaers’s oeuvre. The present moment seems like an apt time to reevaluate the 1995 publication Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des…

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Kristen Lubben on Zoe Leonard and Cheryl Dunye The Fae Richards Photo Archive

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Kristen Lubben reflects on a collection of glamour shots, stills from movie sets, photobooth portraits, family snapshots, and typewritten captions which make up a fictional archive.

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The PhotoBook and the Archive

Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip, Pantheon Books, New York, 1973. Reissued: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2000
Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip, Pantheon Books, New York, 1973. Reissued: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2000

In what ways is the photobook a useful framing device for archival projects?

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Marco Breuer on Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan’s Evidence

Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Evidence, Clatworthy Colorvues, Greenbrae and Santa Cruz, CA, 1977. Reissued: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2004.
Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Evidence, Clatworthy Colorvues, Greenbrae and Santa Cruz, CA, 1977. Reissued: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2004.

Photographer Macro Breuer reflects on the lasting images in Evidence for The PhotoBook Review 010

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Centerfold

Centerfold

Click here to download the centerfold image designed by Kummer & Herrman.

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Stephanie H. Tung on Xu Yong Negatives

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I don’t expect to be reaching for my iPhone when I open a book. Yet Xu Yong’s Negatives instructs me to do just that, in order to interact with its dark, eerie images through the phone’s lens. A quick change of settings inverts the colors on the screen, and the images in this slim volume burst to life. Suddenly, photographs of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests seem much closer to the present. Negatives revisits some of Xu’s earliest, unpublished material from the beginning of his career: photographs of young protestors in the square, just before Chinese troops opened fire on…

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Design Books to Know

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Designers and critics share the books that have inspired their work

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