Book Report: Lee Freidlander, Alec Soth, Richard Phibbs

Posted by David Ozanich — 28 Sep 2010

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Good ol’ T Magazine brought to my attention a few photography books of note currently hitting stores just in time for the holidays.

The first is from JPG fave Alec Soth. “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America” (currently on view at the Walker Art Center) which they describe as “an anthology of past and new work that takes us through the country’s sad and dreamy subcultures, including ‘‘Broken Manual,’’ portraits of men who live off the grid.”

Also highlighted is ”America by Car”:

Over the last 15 years, the legendary photographer Lee Friedlander has shot in almost all 50 states, employing the windows and mirrors of his rental cars to frame parts of the country that are often sped past — the churches, motels, bars and bridges.

The book’s publishers describe it this way:

Friedlander applied the brilliantly simple conceit of deploying the sideview mirror, rearview mirror, the windshield and the side windows as a picture frame within which to record the country's eccentricities and obsessions at the turn of the century.

Most appealing though is their notice about ”Chasing Beauty”:

Richard Phibbs’s black and white photography focuses on the graceful athleticism of man and beast, from sweaty rugby players in postgame repose to a snow-covered pack of horses to Phibbs’s beloved dog, Huck, leaping over a sand dune. This refined ideal of beauty has made him the perfect photographer for Giorgio Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein advertising campaigns.

This one even comes with a forward by Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hours.” The photos in this post are from the book.

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