Mary Frey’s Favorite Book from 2021

In Plain Air by Irina Rozovsky.   Published by MACK.

As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, I find Irina Rozovsky’s book, In Plain Air, the perfect panacea for this moment. It depicts the leisure activities of visitors to Prospect Park in Brooklyn over a nine-year period. Her subjects, often bathed in soft, glowing light with a palette of purples, pinks and shades of gold, exude an almost unearthly beauty that moves these images beyond mere documents of a place and time. Rarely do her subjects acknowledge the viewer’s presence, and when they do, it is without guile. Her landscapes offer us a verdant refuge from the vagaries of everyday life as this book quietly celebrates our resilience as a species and revels in the simple moments of our shared humanity.

Mary Frey is a photographer who lives and works in Western Massachusetts.