Hardcover ISBN: 0893818348
A gripping eyewitness account of the Palestinian plight. Larry Towell, one of the finest photojournalists working today, made seven trips to Palestine between 1993 and 1997 and documented the Arab/Israeli conflict in a powerful series of pictures. Immediate and full of raw feeling, his images bring the viewer into the active center of a bitter struggle. The photographs reveal the tragedy of a society subsumed in violence: a fist clenched around a rock thrusts through the frame, a soldier jerks a small child off the ground by the wrist, a mother covers her face with a photograph of her gun-wielding dead son. I join the foray and run as close as I can. Open-fire regulations sanction shoot-to-kill. We run through the alleys. We hear them behind us. The footsteps are catching up. We hear the weight of guns, boots, and the grunting that stops dead as we turn the corner and take chairs in the assembly of mourners. "A sniper, fifteen meters to my left, crouches into position with a high-powered rifle fixed on me, playing a nerve-wracking game. Others [point] at the motionless old men who continue to ignore them, grieving the death of their boys. Their fighters. Eventually the soldiers tire of the amusement and leave."--from Larry Towell's journals
Open All Night
Hardcover ISBN: 0879515716
In Open All Night, Ken Miller's images and William T. Vollmann's unflinching reportage combine to present an unsettling and potently authentic document of our time. Imbued with a hyperreal poignancy, Miller's photographs reveal an America peopled by outsiders - skinheads, electroshock patients, addicts, prostitutes - the same people real and imagined, who inhabit the novels of William T. Vollmann. In tandem they present a stark yet human landscape in images and words of a world they both know intimately.
Hardcover ISBN: 0876331282
In 1993 Gabriel Orozco removed a lengthwise section of a Citroen DS and reconnected the two sides, making the car's fleet form look lighter yet. Orozco continues his experimentations with perceptions of gravity and weight in Photogravity, his latest installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here, photographs of pre-Columbian sculptures from the museum's Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, mounted and backed by stands, share gallery space with photographs of Orozco's own pieces. Orozco homogenizes and juxtaposes photography and sculpture - each endowed with properties of the other - and in doing so creates unexpected visual relationships and invites dialogue between the two mediums. Published on the occasion of the exhibition in Philadelphia, this book also presents the visually unexpected, creating a colorful combination of writings and collages from the artist's notebooks, his photographs and sculptures, and the Arensbergs' pre-Columbian works.