Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lick Creek Line.

Lick Creek Line. By Ron Jude. MACK, 2012. 112 pp., illustrated throughout, 25,7x29,2cm. Images from here.

Book description:

"Ron Jude’s new book, 'Lick Creek Line', extends and amplifies his ongoing fascination with the vagaries of photographic empiricism, and the gray area between documentation and fiction.

In a sequential narrative punctuated by contrasting moments of violence and beauty, Jude follows the rambling journey of a fur trapper, methodically checking his trap line in a remote area of Idaho in the Western United States.

Through converging pictures of landscapes, architecture, an encroaching resort community, and the solitary, secretive process of trapping pine marten for their pelts, 'Lick Creek Line' underscores the murky and culturally arbitrary nature of moral critique.

With an undercurrent of mystery and melancholy that echoes Jude’s previous two books about his childhood home of Central Idaho, 'Lick Creek Line' serves as the lynchpin in a multi-faceted, three-part look at the incomprehensibility of self and place through photographic narrative."

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Suzy Cream Oil Cheese.

Suzy Cream Oil Cheese. By Osamu Kanemura. Super Labo, 2012. 16 pp., illustrated throughout, 21x29,7cm. Edition of 500. Images from here.

Book description:

" 'Susie Cream Oil Cheese' are photos mainly taken during 1998 to 2000 in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe.

The photos taken in Kobe were shot prior to the Great Awaji Earthquake and there are views that can no longer be seen after the disaster.

I borrowed part of the titlle from the late Frank Zappa's 'Suzy Cream Chease'. By adding "oil" to the "cream" and "cheese", I tried to express the dramatic clinginess or extremense of the major cities in Japan, especially that of the Kansai cities."