The Shape of Survival.
Photographs by John Cohen.
Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, 2002. 34 pp., 27 black-and-white illustrations, 8½x10½".
The Shape of Survival, on the work of John Cohen, and Wynn Bullock are the latest in an ongoing, informal series of exhibition catalogues by the Stephen Daiter Gallery which has included, to date, photographers Gary Schneider (Cat# ZB850S, $25) and Andre Kertesz (Cat# ZB946S, $25). Finely printed in duotone and ingenuously designed, these petite volumes each present around 25 images. In the case of Cohen, an interview accompanies a portfolio of his Peruvian Andes work, all made during the late 1950s. James Rhem offers an insightful essay on Bullock, whose metaphorical landscapes are laden with magic and a seriousness born of deep contemplation. Bullock is a beloved though oft-misunderstood figure in mid-century American photography, and hopes for a revival of his work are awakened with this intimate publication.