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Jörg Colberg's favorite book from 2018

This year one particular book struck a chord with me: Barbara Bosworth's The Heavens. I don't know if it's the best book this year (how can there be such a thing?), but for sure it's the one that touched me the most. I can't stop looking at it not because I used to be an astrophysicist, but because the artist didn't attempt to be one. Instead, these photographs hint at the sublime beauty that we all feel in the presence of celestial bodies, and they even endow the moon and sun with characters. The photographs in this book are all felt, not seen — and that's really the best an artist can hope for.


Jörg M. Colberg is a writer, photographer, and educator based in Northampton, Massachusetts. www.cphmag.com

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Jörg Colberg's favorite book from 2018

I consider Mari Katayama to be one of today's most interesting artists. While photography plays a prominent role in her process (she serves as her own model), sculptural elements are also added to her installations. The work itself is bold and daring. It focuses on the fact that Katayama was born with tibial hemimelia, which resulted in a cleft left hand and deformed legs, which she had amputated as a young child.

Gift is a retrospective catalog that shakes the viewer to the core, starting right with the bold cover image. In a world of photography that currently feels too static, too safe, and too satisfied with itself, here is an artist showing just how much more is possible.


Jörg Colberg is a writer, photographer, and educator currently based in Northampton, MA. He is founder and editor of CPhMag.com