I am from Minnesota, a great state for hockey; I watched a lot, but never played (I joked that I could skate and hold a stick, but not at the same time). I went to Yale as an undergraduate, never saw a hockey game there, but got wrapped up in photography, as did Drew Brown. AIRGAP melds the sport and the art in ways that astound me. The way Brown envisions these athlete-machines and their hibernal mise-en-scène recalls the work of another Yale-schooled artist, the Promethean Matthew Barney. I love first books like this—daring, imperfect, provocative, and visionary.
George Slade lives in Minneapolis. He is the founder and executive director of the photography organization TC Photo. Find him online as "re:photographica."