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PHOTO-EYE BEST BOOKS 2018
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Mark Klett's favorite book from 2018

Landscape photography is a genre that’s been undergoing a quite reinvention. Often focusing on the effects of the human/nature interface, it’s also home to photographers who place a new emphasis on experience and representation. Aaron Rothman’s Signal Noise offers a fresh look at desert landscapes. While there’s a digital transformation in the works that’s beautiful, this well organized book ultimately moves past the altered image to the core experience of place.


Mark Klett has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Japan/US Friendship Commission. Klett’s work has been exhibited and published in the United States and internationally for forty years, and his work is held in over eighty museum collections worldwide. He is the author/co-author of seventeen books. He lives in Tempe Arizona and Teaches at Arizona State University. www.markklettphotography.com www.klettandwolfe.com

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Mark Klett's favorite book from 2018

This book matches a conceptual aerial photography project with a unique and innovative book design. Photographer Gerco de Ruijter’s work focuses on the thousands of parallel roads that define much of the midwestern and western US landscape. When seen from above these roads inevitably contain junctions or slight bends. These “corrections,” indicate where the Jeffersonian theory of an ordered and egalitarian landscape grid meets the reality of the earth’s curved surface.

What makes this book more unique are the accompanying essays, which go way beyond the tradition of the expository text. The photographer, together with writer and filmmaker Peter Delpeut, used historic images, maps, changes in paper type and transparency, windows cut through the paper to reveal words on other pages, and other design innovations to make their contribution a parallel work of art in its own right. Together, words and pictures form a book within a book that is a model for a new kind of project monograph.


Mark Klett is a photographer interested in the intersection of places, history and time. He is the author/co-author of seventeen books, and lives in Tempe, Arizona.
www.markklettphotography.com

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Mark Klett's favorite book from 2018

This book originated with a curiosity about birds in North America and what happened to them. The project took photographer Krista Elrick ten years and over forty thousand miles of travel to complete. She became engrossed in the story of birds and their losses, the collector Audubon who painted them when they were so abundant, and the changes to the environment that we have inherited today. The photographs rely on mixed methods, including a multiple image, collage, approach that depicts the places Audubon traveled. The work is sufficient by itself, but the real contribution of this book lies in its scholarship. There’s in-depth field research contained in this volume, and along with the essays and maps, it becomes a unique and notable contribution to the field of environmental change and Audubon research. It’s the product of a photographer passionate to explore and discover the remains of a lost avian world.


Mark Klett is a photographer/artist who has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He has authored 18 books and his work is held in more than 80 museum collections worldwide.

markklettphotography.com
klettandwolfe.com