Category Archives: Books

Boogie

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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Mark Ruwedel

Tonopah and Tidewater #23, 2002

Carson and Colorado #2, 1995

San Diego and Arizona Eastern #7, 2003

Mark Ruwedel’s Westward the Course of Empire is a book that needs to be seen.

*The grades, cuts, tunnels, and trestles depicted in Ruwedel’s photographs speak to a past triumph of technology over what was often perceived as hostile terrain, as well as to the desire and struggle to create wealth and power from the land. Long abandoned (and in some cases never completed), the railroads also evoke the futility of the enterprise. This book is thus a sublime yet restrained elegy to the land and to the follies and wonders of human ambition.

You can find an excellent review of Westward the Course of Empire at 5B4.

© Mark Ruwedel

* excerpt from Yale University Press preview

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Mark Laita

Polygamists / Pimp, 2004 / 2003

Catholic Nuns / Prostitutes, 2002 / 2002

Fur Trapper / Woman with Dog, 2003 / 2004

Beauty Salon Customer / Man with Curlers, 2005 / 2004

Northerners / Nudists, 2004 / 2005

Cowboy / Indian, 2002 / 2003

Female Body Builder / Drag Queen, 2002 / 1999

Baptist Minister / Ku Klux Klan, 2002 / 2002

Office Worker / Carney, 2002 / 2005

Southerner / Hassidic Jew, 2004 / 2007

Mark Laita‘s Created Equal is a fascinating book. One of those projects I wish I could conceive, let alone execute!

In America, the chasm between rich and poor is growing, the clash between conservatives and liberals is strengthening, and even good and evil seem more polarized than ever before. At the heart of this collection of portraits is my desire to remind us that we were all equal, until our environment, circumstances or fate molded and weathered us into whom we have become. Los Angeles- and New York-based photographer Mark Laita completed Created Equal over the course of eight years; his poignant words reflect the striking polarizations found in his photographs. Presented as diptychs, the images explore social, economic and gender difference and similarity within the United States, emulating and updating the portraiture of Edward Curtis, August Sander and Richard Avedon. This volume includes an introduction by noted culture writer and editorial cult figure Ingrid Sischy.

© Mark Laita

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Nina Berman

Nina Berman‘s Homeland.

You can purchase the book Homeland (including signed copies), here.

Also, do not miss Berman‘s award winning series Purple Hearts.

© Nina Berman

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Richard Ross

Montessori Center School, Goleta, California

St. Kilda Church, St. Kilda, Scotland

DG Bank, Frankfurt

New York Police Department, Brooklyn

Los Angeles Police Department, Fifth and Wall Street

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Richard RossArchitecture of Authority was published by aperture in September 2007.

His series Museology is excellent, as well.

© Richard Ross

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Eugene Richards

Eugene RichardsThe Blue Room is a beautiful book. (And they say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it’s this good, its an awful nice place to start.)

This new body of work, entitled The Blue Room, is one of Richards’ most personal works to date. It his is first-ever color project, and it brings together the overarching themes of all his work ”the transient nature of things” in a beautiful and moving series of pictures of the landscape and abandoned houses of the American West, covering the states of Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and the Dakotas. This is the area where settlers came around the turn of the twentieth century, pursuing the promise of homesteads where they could build successful communities. However, in the wake of the Great Depression and the dust storms of the 1930s, the farms in this isolated, semi-arid region faltered and failed, leaving the land littered with forgotten homes.

Richards’ photographs are a statement on the vulnerability of man in the face of the shifting economic opportunities and the climate; a commentary on the inevitability of change. In these contemplative pictures we are inspired to imagine the lives of the homes’ former occupants.

Take a few minutes to read this interview with Richards as he sits down with PopPhoto to discuss The Blue Room.

© Eugene Richards

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“Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America”

A remarkable book compiled after two years of work and more than twelve years of collecting snapshots.

Since the first snapshots were taken in 1888, Americans have used simple, inexpensive cameras to record their life stories. In the process, they have left behind millions of pictures that document the story of America. Now, for the first time, these personal photographs have been gathered together to tell the nation’s history.

From the sod houses of South Dakota to skyscrapers of New York City, these personal photographs form the first people’s photo history of America. The snapshots capture nearly a century of American life – telling our story through our own eyes. The Wright Brothers, the World Wars, Woodstock. They are all here, creating a crazy quilt of steamships and biplanes, migrants and flappers, seal clubbers and suffragettes.

This may be one of the most talked about books of the year – because of the photos and the stories behind the photos. This is who we were and who we are.

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