Sunday, February 20, 2011
New Arrivals: Three Photo Books
Rosalind Solomon, Chapalingas
"People and their relationships with each other are the focal point of photographs by Rosalind Solomon. The images show well-known figures and ordinary people as they go about their daily lives and celebrate at parties, privately and publicly. Cultural and social contrasts characterize the American photographer’s images, captured during numerous trips she has taken through the USA and around the world since the 1970s. The pictures tell tales of rootedness and loneliness, poverty and affluence, of moments of hope and happiness.
Rosalind Solomon has assigned her photographs to associative categories such as “Food”, “Wheels”, “Splits”, “Hearts”, “Play” and “Faith”. In doing so, she has designed a general direction and approach that prompts the viewer to compare the motifs and analyze the photographs. The photographs are accompanied by Solomon’s poetic text, which instantly sheds light on her experiences and thoughts within the context of the pictures."
Dorothea Lange, The Crucial Years
"In 1935, the photographer Dorothea Lange joined Franklin D. Roosevelt's Farm Security Administration project, charged with the task of inventing an iconography that would record and convey the tales of Depression-era America. It was a task that forced Lange's photography to evolve from its then portrait-based character, as she stepped out into the streets to document the woes of the Great Depression, thus creating what is today her most legendary body of work. Gathering powerful images of displaced farmers, sharecroppers and migrant workers (such as the classic "Migrant Mother") with her Graflex camera, Lange put a human face to this difficult era, and revolutionized documentary photography. She obtained results without forcing them, instead just "sitting down on the ground with people, letting children look at your camera with their dirty, grimy little hands, and putting their fingers on the lens, and you just let them, because you know that if you will behave in a generous manner, you are apt to receive it." The Decisive Years surveys the various topics that Lange approached throughout the 1930s and 1940s, with an important selection of her work for the War Relocation Authority (on the evacuation and relocation of the American citizens of Japanese origin)--only a few of which have ever been reproduced in catalogues--and her documentations of farmers' communities in California and Arizona, and the Conference of the United Nations in San Francisco."
Bill Jacobson, 1989-1997
"I started taking photographs as a teenager, nearly twenty-five years ago. Since then my work has been an ongoing meditation around desire, loss, and the role of photography as a vehicle for remembrance. My pictures often function as metaphors for the way the mind works: simultaneously collecting images while letting others go, fading in the way memories fade, and alluding to the fact that, historically, photographs have faded as well."
- Bill Jacobson
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