It was nice to get a mention on photo-eye this week, particularly from Jörg Colberg whose opinions I respect more than many...
week's Book of the Week pick comes from Conscientious Photography
Magazine writer, photographer and teacher Jörg Colberg who has selectedSome Things You Should Have Told Meby Harvey Benge published by Dewi Lewis. "I
don't know how I would categorize the photographs Harvey Benge takes.
He's certainly not the only person doing this kind of work. He also is
not the only person to have made a book containing these little
fragments extracted from the world. However, the majority of books made
around pictures like Harvey's end up trying way too hard to be clever.
That's the curse of this kind of photography: It is clever, at least to
some extent, and it is so tempting to exploit that cleverness. But the
cleverness can never be the point of the whole exercise. Unlike all
these other books Harvey'sSome Things You Should Have Told Meis
genuinely moving; it tells you a story, and I have no idea how I would
talk about that story. The story is never fully revealed, drawing the
viewer back in. Inevitably, some things will not be resolved (something
else many photographers dislike — Harvey, however, does not shy away
from uncertainty); and that's fine. This book seems to have flown under a
lot of radars; and while I have spent a lot of time with it, I forgot
to include it in my list of my favourite books 2013. But it's going to
be in this year's list for sure.Some Things You Should Have Told Mehas everything a great photobook should have: Great pictures, a great concept, and more." —Jörg Colberg
You can go to Jörg Colberg's photography magazine Conscientious HERE.
My pictures explore the strange anthropology of cities. The unusual and overlooked in the human landscape.
I am asking the viewer to question the idea that photographs as documents are complete representations of subject.
I'm interested in the universality of life and the idea of parallel lives - when one thing is happening here, something else is happening over there. The democracy of non-places fascinates me, in the knowledge that inevitably nothing is as it seems.
I work and live between Auckland and Paris.