Graham Miller

Graham Miller‘s Suburban Splendour.

…Like Carver’s stories and Hopper’s paintings, these images depict everyday struggle and ordinary tragedy. They touch upon areas of experience simmering just below the surface, and explore the notion that the lives of others, no matter how close we are to them, will always remain fundamentally unknowable to us. That, in essence, we all exist as unitary individuals…

© Graham Miller

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collect.give has announced Dave Jordano will provide its newest limited edition: Room Detail #2, Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL, 2007. 100% of the proceeds will go to the The Ace of Cups Coffee House in Cairo, Illinois. Go see some great work and support greater causes.

You can see my previous post on Jordano, here.

© Dave Jordano

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‘If arts journalism is in trouble, what about publishing?’

An interesting article via The Art Newspaper regarding the state of art books.

Is there a crisis in art book publishing? Most people who love art—collectors, gallery-goers, curators, critics, dealers and artists themselves—understandably take it for granted that there is an audience for books about it. There’s a touch of arrogance about this, though an engaging version of arrogance because of the positive emotions involved. If your passion is Greek bronzes or Winslow Homer or Olafur Eliasson, you needn’t worry whether your enthusiasm is shared—unless, of course, you publish art books.

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Boogie‘s It’s All Good.

A gritty, graphic, and gripping exposé of the underworld and its inhabitants, It’s All Good, the first monograph by Boogie, presents the predators and the prey in the drug game today. Shot in New York City’s most notorious neighborhoods—Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Queensbridge—Boogie gained intimate access into a world few dare to venture, a world closed to outsiders, a world of crackheads, junkies, and gangsters. From the cops patrolling the project roofs to the addicts overdosing on the streets, It’s All Good chronicles ghetto life in stark, heart-stopping images and intense testimonials. Boogie brings us to a place few will leave and most will stay, a place where escape is one rock, one shot, one Glock away.

© Boogie

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Edward Thompson

Porkie’s guest bedroom, Junction, 2006.

Bud Light, Hunt, 2006.

Veteran Bob buying the rifle he last used in Vietnam, Fredericksburg, 2006.

Opie at Whataburger, Kerrville, 2007.

Edward Thompson‘s The Texas Hill Country.

The key to understanding America lies not in New York or in Washington, but in the hinterland, in the interior of this vast last. Nowhere is this truer than the lone star State of Texas, homeland of Bush’s America. Ed Thompson’s photographs of the Texas hill country show America’s backyard, and give deep insights into the psychology of a country that so dominates the rest of the country that so dominates the rest of the world yet whose citizens know so little about it. The surreal cast of characters and locations Ed has discovered on his odyssey offer a unique perspective on America’s relationship to itself and to the rest of the planet.

Paul Lowe 2008

© Edward Thompson

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UPROOTED: Flick’s Mobile Home Park

UPROOTED: Flick’s Mobile Home Park is a remarkable, if not heart-wrenching, piece of multimedia reportage via the San Jose Mercury News.

Follow the saga of Sunnyvale Mobile Home dwellers as they fight for their homes, then relocate after developers take over their property.

San Jose Mercury News Staff:

Dai Sugano: Video/Photography/Editing/Production
Julie Patel: Reporting
Geri Migielicz: Picture Editing
Richard Koci Hernandez: Flash Production/Picture Editing
Denis Theriault: Story Editing

© San Jose Mercury News

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David Degner

David Degner‘s Uighur Identity.

The Uighurs of Xinjiang are one of 55 ethnic minorities in China but they are ethnically and historically closer to the Muslim Turkic groups of central Asia. As the Chinese government cements its hold on the region each individual is making a choice of identity.

© David Degner