Cathy Teesdale

Jay, formerly homeless, working at his new job.

Like her counter-part, Brandon Stanton’s book Humans of New York, Teesdale travels the streets of London taking photos of interesting individuals and taking short interviews.  Many are mundane – mums in the sun with babies, people on the way …

John Szabo

Malverne High School photography teacher John Szabo is clearly a very talented photographer in his own right. And luckily, he found eye-catching subjects all around him. His collection, Teenage, shows a cohort of his students in the late 1970s. Szabo catches all the facets of the teen …

Richard Renaldi

20130703-lens-renaldi-slide-1BCB-custom1Despite being packed cheek-to-jowel in many  cities, most Westerns have a strong aversion to being touched by strangers. Renaldi’s book captures numerous “couples” touching one another. All are strangers, having met just a moment before.  The facial expressions and body language vary differently in every one.  Some images …

Counter CultureCandacy A. Taylor

Taylor became fascinated with waitresses and diner culture when waiting tables to pay for her graduate school education. Her thesis, this book, focused on the “lifer” waitress – women who have waited tables for decades. With a combination of research and interviews, Taylor soon dispels the notion …

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Brandon Stanton

Photographer Brandon Stanton’s blog and photo collection are a joy to view. They show humanity in all its oddness, ugliness and beauty. While Stanton often turns his eye to the wildly fashionable, are simply wild, his short cameo-interviews turns his subjects into …

Tim Walker

max_9a1c73015f40ead69055db3f8997f000Tim Walker is a fashion photographer in the loose sense that there are people wearing expensive clothing in many of his photos. However, the clothing themselves are probably the last thing your eye will fix on. Walker uses enormous props, decaying mansions and the bizarre, disproportionate  bodies of …

Carl Warner

GarlicshireFood Landscapes is as it sounds – lovely, Disney-esque scenes created entirely out of food.  There are rivers of meat, skies if salmon, cheesy rocks and broccoli trees. Every minute detail is fantastic and brilliantly positioned.  After the first eye-popping scan of the book, do go back and …

Bernhard Edmaier

Edmaier’s aerial photos of volcanoes, both active and dormant, around the world are works of art.  Some are so alien, so intensely colored and strangely shaped, that they can’t be of this planet. Some are brooding dead hunks of rock, other fiery pits and still others glowing pools …

David Stephenson

Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture catalogs dozens of vaulted ceilings.  Each one, shot from a prone position below, is a masterpiece. The ability of humans with nothing but crude tools and sweat-labor to make some magnificent structures is mind-boggling.  We have wildly advanced tools, …

Phaidon

This beautiful overview of historical and influential home  styles is perfect for the architectural dilettante. Each pages features a large photo with a short paragraph on the chosen house, architect and influences.  Most are highly liveable styles – though are a few houses,  like one by Buckminster Fuller – …

Photos by Alan Weintraub | Text by Alan Hess

casa das canoas At least for me, Niemeyer’s houses vacillate between stunningly beautiful and almost repugnantly spare, even Stalinish, in design. Many of his houses, built primarily in Brazil now have the feel of “has-been modernism.”  They were the stuff of the future sixty …

Japanese ArchitectureJapanese Detail: Architecture by Sadao Hibi  & The Art of Japanese Architecture by David and Machiko Young

Both of these architecture books are unique to the standard Japanese architecture books I’ve looked through in the past. Generally, the standards fall into the categories of brief overviews of large buildings, cities …

Adrienne Salinger

Despite one in seven Americans living alone, being single is still viewed with a combination of suspicion and pity. Yet many people love and choose to live along.  Salinger’s subjects run the gamut from those forced into singlehood by the death of family or a spouse to those …