January 17, 2024

Fred Neveu: Seeing Beauty: A Lifetime of Landscape Photography

Early in his photography career, Fred Neveu was exposed to the Navajo Blessing Way chant and took to heart its glorification of beauty “all around.” The photography in his book reflects that beauty, and his openhanded sharing of techniques and places to photograph reveal a welcoming and generous spirit.

Susan J. Tweit’s biography of Neveu, […]

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July 4, 2023

Design and Music in a Changing Northern Sierra Leone Chiefdom

The northern Sierra Leone region known as Wara Wara Balodea is an autonomous, somewhat isolated setting known as a chiefdom, one of seven Limba chiefdoms. In this oversized book filled with glossy color photographs, author Simon Ottenberg offers a portrait of the people and their culture.

Ottenberg, author, curator, and emeritus professor of anthropology at […]

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April 18, 2023

Indiscernible Elements: Calcium

Part poetry, biography, fictional narrative, artwork and photography, Korynn Newville’s Indiscernible Elements: Calcium, is best described as an exhibition book where the book itself constitutes the exhibition.

Created in part to satisfy the requirements for a masters degree in the architecture program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the book works with […]

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July 11, 2022

The Art of Symeon Shimin

This lovingly produced hardcover book collects the artwork of the eponymous painter, illustrator, and writer, along with essays about the artist and his work.

Symeon Shimin, a Russian Jew who moved to America in 1912 at age ten, had a long, successful career in a variety of art-related fields. Along with creating a prominent painting […]

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July 4, 2022

When Life Gives You Risk, Make Risk Theatre: Three Tragedies and Six Essays

In When Life Gives You Risk Make Risk Theatre, Edwin Wong proposes a new paradigm for tragedy.

Wong claims that the engine driving tragedy shouldn’t be viewed as Aristotle’s fatal flaw in a great man, or Hegel’s conflict between two ethical goods, or even Nietzsche’s struggle between the Apollonian and Dionysian. It should be seen […]

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July 4, 2022

A Dancer in Depth: Paragraphs from a Theatre Life

In A Dancer in Depth, Stanley Mazin recalls his decades-long career as a dancer, actor, director and producer on and off Broadway and in television.

Mazin was born in 1939. His theater career began in high school, when he joined the cast of Carousel. He subsequently started offering dance lessons. In the 1960s, he began […]

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April 11, 2022

Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert

Blue Zeus is the story of the wild horses of the Red Desert of Wyoming, illustrated with photographs of the horses in their native environment.

The author, a professional photographer, begins visiting the 700,000-acre herd management area known as the Red Desert Complex in 2016. There, she discovers “the most beautiful stallion I have ever […]

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February 7, 2022

Sometime a Clear Light: A Photographers Journey Through Alaska, Nigeria, and Life

Sometime A Clear Light is Aylette Jenness’s memoir of living among indigenous Arctic and Nigerian people during the 1960’s and 70’s—a story made all the more poignant by the 87-year-old photographer’s imminent loss of sight due to macular degeneration. “As the future darkens, does the past grow brighter?” Jenness asks in the book’s preface.

In […]

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November 22, 2021

Using Japanese Paper for Digital Printing of Photographs

Using Japanese Paper for Digital Printing of Photographs, Carl-Evert Jonsson’s work with washi, an ancient multi-textured, fibrous Japanese paper, is an inspirational, rather than instructional work.

Jonsson first used washi while hand-coloring landscapes in his native Sweden. After retiring from a surgical career at age 70 and in search of a way to be more […]

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August 30, 2021

Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and an Uncertain Future

Conor Mitchell’s coffee-table style book, Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests and an Uncertain Future, offers a haunting photo diary of San Francisco during the pandemic.

On March 16th, 2020, San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued a shelter-in-place order to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading. San Francisco became the first major American […]

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