Response to An Imaginary Spaniard by Cristobal Hara

Response to An Imaginary Spaniard by Cristobal Hara By: Akari Stimler and Zoë Gleitsman   Cristobal Hara’s book, An Imaginary Spaniard, consists of beautifully composed color photographs taken in Spain. The title seems to perfectly describe the photographs; many of the images have a very surreal and almost fantastical atmosphere. Another element of the book… Continue reading Response to An Imaginary Spaniard by Cristobal Hara

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Response to Observations in an Occupied Wilderness by Terry Falke

by Zoë Gleitsman and Akari Stimler This book contains a large collection of color film photographs taken in the late 90s-early 2000s of the American South-West. The images portray the stunning colors and unique landscapes that are common in this region of the United States. Terry Falke has had a deep interest in this area… Continue reading Response to Observations in an Occupied Wilderness by Terry Falke

Black Power/Flower Power

by Zoë Gleitsman & Akari Stimler Black Power/Flower Power by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch  contains photographs of both people involved and associated with the Black Panther Party and people connected to the Flower Power movement. Both groups’ ideologies contained similar ideas, skewing from the norm and talking about radical notions at the time such as equal rights… Continue reading Black Power/Flower Power

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Teeny Academy with William Boling

William Boling joined the ICP Library  recently to share Debbie Fleming Caffery's photobook Alphabet with some of our teeniest patrons. Caffery's book features 26 gorgeous black & white photographs from her archive. Each image broadly corresponding with letters of the alphabet. The crowd, children age 4-12 years old, were completely enraptured with his reading. It was interesting to see how each interpreted… Continue reading Teeny Academy with William Boling

Freedom to Do and Undo: Cuba in Photo Books

The larger picture of Cuba that could be gleaned from our collection of photo books is limited by circumstances: the long-term sanctions against trade with Cuba by the United States and the cultural politics generated during the Cold War; and since the “end of history” as per Francis Fukuyama in 1989, referring to the collapse of the Soviet Union, we have to contend with the hybrid mappings of Cuba by the First World as an exotic theme park of old cars, great music, and an oppressed but sensual populace, stuck in a now impossible past.

In the Window: Mary Ellen Marks Revisited

Mary Ellen Mark had a long, beautiful, and illustrious career. From Europe, to India, to Ethiopia, to Seattle, she always brought her honest photographer's eye. She captured what was important to her, and tried to show it through the least critical eye possible. She wanted subjects to be comfortable in front of her, to have… Continue reading In the Window: Mary Ellen Marks Revisited

Bijan Roghanchi’s Thoughts on The Photobook Tehran

Whenever and wherever I attend an event featuring Iranian art I go in skeptical. My lens in skewed by an awkward mix of nationalism and emotion, patriotism and ideology. I am American and I am Iranian. As galvanized as I am by the identity of one, I am indoctrinated by the other. I am turned… Continue reading Bijan Roghanchi’s Thoughts on The Photobook Tehran

Library Reader Resources for Fashion Books!

While fashion itself is always consumed by what is current, cool, and trending at one particular moment, fashion photography is fairly eternal. An image from the seventies of a stylish woman is somehow still cool in the twenty first century. Part of the allure must come from the attitude of a truly stylish person--the constant… Continue reading Library Reader Resources for Fashion Books!

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Library Reader Resources Series #4: Photojournalism/Documentary Photography (Additions)

Photojournalism is all about the story, and how to give it the most justice through the use of photography as a medium. There is both a simplicity and a complexity with how photojournalism accurately and emotionally tells a story to the viewer. On one hand, a photo can appear to be simple--simply composed, and a… Continue reading Library Reader Resources Series #4: Photojournalism/Documentary Photography (Additions)

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Library Reader Resources Series #8 (Additions) WAR

In the past fifteen years, there have been a few major changes to how Western photography is contextualized. A new era of war photography in the twenty first century has begun, and it is a large departure from its roots. War photography no longer means just combat photography. The definition has changed to include embedding… Continue reading Library Reader Resources Series #8 (Additions) WAR