La Creciente is perhaps my favorite book of 2011: it's incredibly sensitive and yet strikingly beautiful. The photographs, while documentary in nature, serve as a bridge to the world of art photography. The saturated colors and ambiguous sense of time draw the viewer ever deeper into the Amazon, accompanying Chaskielberg as he documents life down the Rió Parana.
I had so much fun opening up Levy's newest monograph, Grid Portraits, the capstone to a project that has almost spanned his entire career. Not only is Grid Portraits full of interesting little inconsistencies (as Levy reinterperates and collages various locations into one portrait setting), the layout of the book is brilliant! Each portrait folds out, rewarding the viewer with a very large portrait to study (and with no gutter the take a bite out of the middle).
Stillings' first monograph is huge! Really: it's a big book. But I don't think there could be any scale more fitting to show these beautiful photographs of such an enormous project. The size of the book is fundamental; what brings Stillings' photographs of the construction of the bridge at Hoover Dam to a higher level is their incredible detail -- details that would surely be lost in a smaller prints.
I remember first falling in love with Connell's work when I was still in school, on the cover of PDN magazine. I was captivated by her project. It was a photography project that on a certain level documented how I felt about myself, an inner duality between different factions of my own life. The photographs reveal an intimacy that perhaps we may never experience with someone else, but is always there within ourselves.
Cliff Shapiro joined the photo-eye community back in 2008 shortly after moving to New Mexico to complete his BFA in photography at the College of Santa Fe. In addition to working as an associate at photo-eye Gallery, Cliff works as a photographic assistant at Hedrich Blessing Photographers, which helps fuel his love for both photography and travel.