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PHOTO-EYE BEST BOOKS 2018
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Blake Andrews's favorite book from 2018

Deana Lawson's debut monograph hit me like a ton of bricks. At first glance these domestic scenes seem be documentary. Instead they're carefully choreographed by Lawson to explore issues of race, class, and the consensual aspect of portraiture. This book scrambled many of my preconceptions with a series as bizarre as it is original. Packaged beautifully by Aperture in a large volume with reproductions approaching exhibition quality.


Blake Andrews is a photographer based in Eugene, OR. He writes about photography at www.blakeandrews.blogspot.com

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Blake Andrews's favorite book from 2018

Gregory Halpern's Omaha Sketchbook is a sharp meditation on the American heartland, an homage to color contact sheets, and a bit of revisionist photobook history. All of which might be enough to make it my favorite photobook of 2019. But when that material assumes the form of a scrapbook glued to children's construction paper, I'm dumbfounded. A truly original work of art.


Blake Andrews is a photographer based in Eugene, OR.
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Blake Andrews's favorite book from 2018

Relph’s surreal take on New York City pokes fun at skyscrapers, graffiti, and aspirational culture. Using a library scanning wand to photograph construction postings over a seven year period, Relph rendered a Big Apple of vertical strips sandwiched into bizarre forms. This is a document of one city's history during a time of astronomical growth, and also its imagined future. Both are twisted by Relph into clownish satire. Packed into a thick handsome softcover, his pictures are a joy to browse, and will become only more interesting with passing decades.


Blake Andrews is a photographer and amateur cardiologist based in Eugene, Oregon.

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