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“Zohar Studios: The Lost Years” by Stephen Berkman @ Hyperallergic

The perception of photography as a documental form is based on a simple premise: you cannot photograph something that isn’t there. In his latest project, photographer Stephen Berkman turns this idea on its head by claiming to document what is no longer there … and maybe what never was. On […]

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“I Celebrate Myself, and Erase Myself” @ The Believer

In its broadest sense, a temple is a place devoted to a specific and elevated purpose, one not necessarily limited to the spiritual. Maybe it’s fair to say that what I’ve needed lately are secular temples, houses where I can refocus my capacity for reflection, which has been eroded by […]

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“Yerevan 1996/1997” @ Hyperallergic

The images presented in Yerevan 1996/1997 (2019, MACK Books) are superimposed over a reproduction of an Armenian school workbook. The book replicates a photographic “sketchbook” made by the artist, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, addressed to her daughter, Julia. As the title suggests, the images capture the environs, architecture, and inhabitants of Yerevan, […]

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The Archive of Alternate Hanumans

One version of personal mythology might be: the way in which we misremember information and stories, or the way misremembered stories are passed on to us. Somewhere among the innumerable yoga classes I’ve attended, I picked up a bit of mythology connected to hanumanasana – a pose that in its […]

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Aaron Schuman’s SLANT @ Poetry Foundation

SLANT (2019), photographer Aaron Schuman’s new book, combines documentary photography with found poetry excerpted from the newspaper police blotter of Amherst, Massachusetts—an archetypal New England town known for its quaint scenery and for being the birthplace of poet Emily Dickinson. Schuman, a native of the nearby college town of Northhampton, […]

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