Almost a sequel to Davey's Long Life Cool White. More of the same exact great photos, more writing about writing about photography, more transcripts of video pieces, more welcome slowness and non-prolificacy. Also - a handful of new images of folded C-Prints sent as letters to friends.
Bidoun's Creative Director had 5,000 anonymous photographs gathered from Cairo - each "procured for one Egyptian Pound (18 Cents U.S.)" from flea markets and "dusty storage spaces." The images were shipped directly to Bidoun's printer in Las Vegas and individually affixed to the cover of each magazine. Wedding photos, passport photos, blurry snapshots, government photos, black and white, color, hand painted, deteriorating, dusty. Standing in the magazine shop, it's almost impossible to choose which one to buy. The issue itself is also great - a companion to a physical 'library' of Middle Eastern publications that were on display at the New Museum in New York earlier this year.
Catledge's book Cabbagetown has been out of print for years, so it's great to see more of his work collected here. Novelist Richard Ford co-edited the book and wrote the introduction - and there's a short interview with Catledge, an 82-year-old self-described amateur, at the book's end. It's also nice to look at this book as a companion piece to Mark Steinmetz's Greater Atlanta - both have the same quiet simplicity.
Michael Schmelling is a New York based photographer. He is the author of four photo books: Shut Up Truth (J+L Books, 2002), The Week Of No Computer (TV Books, 2008), The Plan (J+L Books, 2009), and Atlanta (Chronicle Books, 2010).