Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Seamus Murphy and Joakim Eskildsen

The best photography books relieve you of current, everyday reality and enthrall you with their seductively edited vision. Visual poems you revert to for their insight, beauty, or shock value that transport you to a heightened level of awareness- again, and again, and again.

A Darkness Visible- Afghanistan by Seamus Murphy and The Roma Journey's by Joakim Eskildsen are two such books that take you along for the journey and still resonate in your mind's eye like cinematic epics, long after you've wandered past their pages. Murphy's gorgeous monochromatic book is worth getting if solely for the picture above, and although I'm not terribly taken with the latter's B&W, his color is absolutely and consistently phenomenal, and I anxiously await to see it in print form.

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