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Mark Steinmetz's favorite book from 2018

Landfall  by Mimi Plumb begins with a brief text:
I remember having insomnia for a time when I was 9 years old. My mother told me there might be nuclear war.

Made in the mid to late 1980s in black and white, the central recurring character of Landfall is a young girl. There's also a woman who might be her mother, a man who could be the father (and another man — an uncle perhaps), a boy who is possibly a brother. There are images of missiles, toy tanks, and military equipment. There are photographs of the Western desert landscape, the shoreline, barren trees and the burnt interior of a house. Plumb's flash turns hair into silver, and strikes carousel horses with gaping mouths (literal night mares). Sources of comfort are absent (an exception: the girl lying in bed with (I guess) her mother, though the sleeping mother has turned away). There's a vague dread hovering over this child's world; something dark may be approaching.


Mark Steinmetz is a photographer who lives in Athens, Georgia. His book Angel City West 3, photographs of Los Angeles from the early 80s, will be released by Nazraeli Press in the spring.

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Mark Steinmetz's favorite book from 2018

I favor work by photographers who wander this world on their own two legs so it is with some surprise that I select Stephen Gill’s The Pillar as my favorite book of 2019. The photographs in this book were taken with a stationary camera triggered by motion in a field somewhere in Sweden. We see this farm/meadow scene in all sorts of weather, in all seasons, and at various times of day. The resulting images of birds (and one fox) are astonishing. Taken together, the photos evoke nature’s rhythms and the passage of time. The book is beautifully produced.


Mark Steinmetz is a photographer who resides in Athens, Georgia. He has published several books with the Nazraeli Press: South Central, South East, Greater Atlanta, Summertime, Italia, The Ancient Tigers of my Neighborhood, Paris in my time, The Players, and a three volume set, Angel City West. Stanley/Barker (London) has published 15 Miles to K-ville, and Past K-ville. Summer Camp (Nazraeli) and Carnival (Stanley/Barker) have been recently released.

Steinmetz is co-director of The Humid, a photographic workshop and gathering space, with his wife, Irina Rozovksy. He is represented by Claxton Projects in Brooklyn.

www.marksteinmetz.net www.thehumid.com

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Mark Steinmetz's favorite book from 2018

Now in his early 80s, Robert Adams has been spending much of the past decade wandering the bright Oregon shoreline and walking paths in dark woods (the dark foliage often slashed by patches of disorienting light). His recent photography has been relaxed and audacious, and in A Parallel World, Adams’ eye seems to be reaching for something that’s beyond the horizon. In this airy, expansive world, fallen leaves and pieces of driftwood are scattered about; the sky may be having hallucinations. At times reminiscent of Atget at Sceaux, and Stieglitz at Lake George, Adams demonstrates a freedom and wildness that is the province of older artists who have played their cards a certain way (from Yeats, on old age in The Tower: Never had I more/ Excited, passionate, fantastical/ Imagination, nor an ear and eye/ That more expected the impossible).


Mark Steinmetz is a photographer who lives and works in Athens, Georgia. ATL (Nazraeli) and Rivers & Towns (Stanley/Barker) will be released in early 2022.

www.marksteinmetz.net