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PHOTO-EYE BEST BOOKS 2018
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Fred Cray's favorite book from 2018

This exuberant book captivated me from the moment I saw and touched it despite my aversion to spiral and Japanese bindings. The silk-screened cover image continues to bring joy and exemplifies the fun Sanlé Sory found with photography and portraiture. These studio portraits were made during the first decades of independence for Burkina Faso; they provide a substantial contrast to our current difficult times. The lightness and joy here is to be treasured; it is enhanced by risograph printing and beautiful book design.


Fred Cray is a Guggenheim Fellow who lives in works in Brooklyn, New York. www.fredcray.com

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Fred Cray's favorite book from 2018

Stephen Gill’s The Pillar is a masterfully created project and book. It’s almost as if Gill didn’t make this and allowed the birds and seasons to speak for themselves from the pillar (essentially a podium). Regardless of who’s responsible, there are full spectrums of joy and terror, darkness and light, and the photographer’s presence and absence. Quiet, meditative, and powerful in chaotic times.


Fred Cray lives, works, and makes books in Brooklyn, NY.
www.fredcray.com

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Fred Cray's favorite book from 2018

I really wanted to be able to laud two books, Amma and Cabin Fever (Katie Burnett) with completely different senses of time and space. Vasantha Yogananthan’s Amma is a sensuously made book with tipped-in images many photographed in a classic manner and then some of which are hand painted. There’s a sense of magic realism throughout this book which concludes a seven volume project, A Myth of Two Souls. What gets me is the teetering between being part of a larger universal whole and the sense that things are just about to fall apart into nothing.


Fred Cray lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

fredcray.com
@fredcrayuniquephotographs