The Fall 2007 Issue of the Photo-Eye Booklist is out! You can view/purchase online by clicking here.
Here’s Darius Hime’ LETTER FROM THE EDITOR which will give you an overview of this issue’s offerings:
“LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Truly it is easier to “speculate” about what Aristotle thought, even if such speculation must be supported by the most careful adduction of evidences, than it is to speculate, as Aristotle did, about the nature of things. –Mortimer Adler
To speculate about the nature of things, as the everyman philosopher Mortimer Adler encouraged in the short, lucid essay “Docility and History,” (The Commonweal, April 26, 1940) is to engage in philosophy rather than historical scholarship. And much of the history of the 20th century has been a battle zone of contention as to the value of such speculation based on the open doubting of the possibility of knowing the nature of things.
Photography too has played its role in this philosophical tug-of-war. The unquestioned veracity of photographic images and their ability to shed light on both delightful and dire worldly circumstances is a thread that has remained unbroken since the beginning of the medium. Reflected light forever captured on light sensitive materials has the ability to tell something of the “world out there.” Photojournalists from whatever age—starting with Roger Fenton and leading directly to James Nachtwey and younger practitioners like Cuny Janssen and Aaron Huey—have rested entire careers on this fundamental fact. But the amount of “truth” that an image can portray, and how easily that truth can be manipulated to the point of presenting entire falsehoods under a truthful guise, is a big part of the last 40 years of art and image making. The work of Cindy Sherman, Nikki S. Lee and the playful Joan Fontcuberta immediately comes to mind in this context.
In between these two points lies the rich diversity of artists using the photographic medium (in all of its historical variety).
The issue you hold in your hands celebrates that diversity. In our cover story, Richard Woodward has a conversation with British photographer Paul Graham about his newest project, a set of small books inspired by Chekhov short stories. Jen Bekman interviews the uneasy and very occasional fashion photographer Alec Soth on his new project from the Paris office of Magnum, Fashion Magazine: Paris Minnesota. Mary Anne Redding interviews the influential and enigmatic Lucy Lippard, and Avis Cardella, happily ensconced in her Parisian home, inaugurates a new column entitled “Roving Eye”.
We hope you enjoy this issue.
DARIUS HIMES, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org”
In our regularly featured column “PUBLISHING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK” Darius and I discuss limited edition artists books, interviewing photographers SEAN PERRY and HIROSHI WATANABE on their foray into self-publishing, and offer a listing of other artists’ websites to check out who are also self-publishing limited editioned books.
We hope you will pick up this issue (and take good care of your books!).