Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Garret Izumi- Surreal Estate

Garret Izumi self published one of my favorite photo books well before self publishing became the click and paste domain of the internets. Surreal Estate is a brilliantly understated essay of 24 sepia toned B&W photographs, well reproduced on 4X5 paper complete with plastic spiral binder. The subject matter (suburban backyard LA) is so commonplace domestic, that it makes one marvel at how the simple, direct, no bells and whistles compositions really shine through. Short on equipment and post production, long on imagination and insight. All at ten bucks a pop- think a poor man's Henry Wessel (and that's no insult)!
PS- Call of the Sirens (a delightful look at LA air raid sirens) aint bad neither.

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