I would like to nominate Landfall by Mimi Plumb as a book that resonates for me. As the Reagan era came upon us, the hopefulness of the 1960s and 70s fell aside to make way for a single-minded rugged individualism. These black and white photographs from the 1980s respond to the anxiety of that time. The images weave together disparate thoughts to create an uncomfortable but salient whole. When seen collectively the photographs perfectly name the dark side of our current emotional and political life.
Janet Delaney is a fine art photographer who has exhibited widely and published two books with MACK of London. Her first, South of Market, documented the gentrification of a 1980s working-class neighborhood in San Francisco. Public Matters, which addresses the practice of public life in the Mission District of San Francisco in the 1980s, was published by Mack Books this fall. Janet Delaney lives and works in Berkeley, California. www.janetdelaney.com