New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery
Opens Free for the Public March 20th, 2019

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Between August 2001 and April 2010, MTA New York City Transit deployed more than 2,500 de-accessioned train cars to underwater locations off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia. The reefing program took shape in two different phases. From 2001-2003, 1,269 carbon steel “Redbird” cars and from 2008-2010, 1,311 stainless steel “B-Division/Brightliner” cars were repurposed and reefed. The cleaned shells of these subway cars created a flourishing new habitat for varied sea life including sea bass, tuna, mackerel, flounder, blue mussels, sponges, barnacle, and coral, and improved marine environments in areas of the ocean floor that were once barren deserts.

Mallon learned of the project in 2008, and spent the next two years documenting the last group of stainless steel subway cars along their journey to a new life on the ocean floor. His images follow the cars as they are cleaned and prepped by crews at New York City Transit’s 207th Street Overhaul Shop, following rigorous protocols approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, then moved onto barges in the Harlem River, and deployed using GPS off the coasts of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and South Carolina.

The subway car reefing program not only spurred the creation of miles of artificial reefs along the eastern seaboard from New Jersey to Georgia, it also helped the agency avoid $30 in disposal costs. The program spurred economic growth in coastal communities by successfully establishing robust underwater environments for divers and anglers. But its greatest impact affects marine life itself, benefiting different life stages for a wide variety of aquatic species, working to prevent over-fishing, and providing a broader habitat for spawning and growing fish populations.

On Earth Day 2010, the subway reefing project came to a close, having placed 2,580 obsolete subway cars on ocean reef sites from as close as 54 nautical miles off the coast of New Jersey to as far away as 742 nautical miles in Georgia’s coastal waters. While the program proved cost-effective for decommissioning large fleets all at once, it may not be as efficient going forward given New York City Transit’s current standard of decommissioning only a few cars at a time.

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Opening March 20th at the New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery, Sea Train: Subway Reef : Photographs by Stephen Mallon features nineteen large-format photographs. Mallon’s images, many exhibited for the first time, capture the seemingly impossible: iconic subway cars dropped like toys by brightly-colored cranes off hulking barges. As they are deployed to become artificial reefs, these symbols of industry and city life, which carried millions of passengers along New York City’s iron rails for decades, appear shrunken in scale against the vastness of the Atlantic seascape.

Photographs by Stephen Mallon
Opens Wednesday, March 20th
New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery
in the shuttle passage on 42nd Street and Park Avenue,
adjacent to the Station Master’s Office.

at Grand Central Terminal
Monday - Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday - Sunday, 10am to 7pm
Free to the public year-round.

*Text courtesy of the New York Transit Museum Gallery



  Ina Jang

Brandon Isralsky 

Join School of Visual Arts BFA Photo and Video Chair Joseph Maida in conversation with alumni Brandon Isralsky (2013) and Ina Jang (2010) to discuss their trajectories since graduating from SVA including their new book Utopia Centerfolds at Play (convoke.nyc). This publication pairs Isralsky and Jang with Berlin-based artist, Dean Sameshima, to constellate overlapping visual explorations of censorship, ephemera, and sexuality across gender and social spectrums. A reception and book signing will follow.

 Joseph Maida with 
Brandon Isralsky + Ina Jang
SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd Street, NYC
March 18, 2019, 7PM 
Free and open to the Public

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And check out the MENTORS Exhibition, SVA BFA Photography and Video students inspired by their working relationships with leading NYC arts professionals. March 12 - 26, 2019. Opening Thursday March 14, 6-8pm. SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, NYC


JOAN LOBIS BROWN : Women of an UNcertain Age | Women's History Month

I have figured out that the way to conquer fear is with forgiveness. Forgiveness is everything. I forgive everybody. I forgive the God that gave me this breast cancer. The secret is to have a loving spirit, to be grateful, and to have faith that everyone has infinite possibilities. It’s all a gift, every challenge, everything that is given you. Everyone is part of something bigger. That belief is what keeps me going. Photograph © Joan Lobis Brown

I color my skin and not my hair. I’m an Ivy-League educated woman who teaches deaf and hard of hearing children. I am an author, having written a book for children. I am also a collector of tattoos. Photograph © Joan Lobis Brown
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"Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms is a series of portraits by photographer Joan Lobis Brown with texts selected from interviews with her subjects that focus on American baby boomer women of diverse ethnicities, religions, sexual identities, professions and socioeconomic backgrounds. Their stories cover a wide variety of accomplishments. They are athletes, scholars, activists, businesswomen, artists, immigrants and survivors. They are role models all. These amazing women are a testament to the character, courage, vitality and spunk of American baby boomer women."

Artist Talk by photographer Joan Lobis Brown 
And Opening Reception
Friday, March 1,12:00–1:00pm
Technology Center Ellipse (8180)
Technology Center 2nd floor Gallery
Rockland Community College
State University of New York

Exhibit located in second floor gallery through March 2019



Glacier (Qerndu, 2018)

Photograph © Ragnar Axelsson

Photograph © Ragnar Axelsson

Photograph © Ragnar Axelsson

Photograph © Ragnar Axelsson

Photograph © Ragnar Axelsson

"The glacier…hides a mysterious life of it’s own, but if we are lucky, as we follow it down from the peak of the mountain it covers, it will allow us glimpses of some of the many odd creatures of ice and ash, and deep secrets from centuries past, it carries with it to the sea.” 
– Ragnar Axelsson

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Ragnar Axelsson, a longtime Leica photographer affectionately known as RAX, is one of Iceland’s heroes, documenting the Arctic for over 35 years. He's authored many books, photographing the people, weather, and landscape, in some of the most remote and isolated regions around Iceland, Greenland, and Siberia. He’s won numerous awards for this work, including over 20 Icelandic Photojournalist Awards;The Leica Oskar Barnack Award (Honorable Mention); The Grand Prize, Photo de Mer, Vannes; and Iceland’s highest honor, the Order of the Falcon, Knight’s Cross, for his work in the Arctic. 

His steadfast belief in the importance of documenting the life and changes in the Arctic, has been the driving force behind creating his most recent book, Glacier. A must-have for the astonishing beauty of the region (gorgeously printed in Italy), as well as for those of you following our world's current environmental and climate-change issues. This book is "an ode to the glacier," the current status is they are shrinking 100 meters per year, with scientists predicting they will disappear within two centuries.

In Jonathan Blaustein’s book review of Glacier in The New York Times Lens Blog (12.28.2018), he writes; “Earth’s surface, in his abstracted, horizon-less photographs, does look like a massive supine dragon or an impossibly immense dinosaur, some reptilian beast with cracked, rough-hewn skin and eyes about to open.” 

"The pearls of Iceland are it’s Glaciers," Ragnar Axelsson responded.

Photographs and Text by Ragnar Axelsson
Foreword by artist Olafur Eliasson
Reykjavík: Qerndu, 2018
Icelandic version: Jökull 

Ragnar Axelssons "Glacier" exhibition at Ásmundasal Art Center in Reykjavik

Icelandic Photographer, Ragnar 'RAX' Axelsson


GARY BEEBER: Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

Shed, Sylvester Manor 
Photograph © Gary Beeber

Ruined Stairway, Sylvester Manor
Photograph © Gary Beeber

Gate to Nowhere, Sylvester Manor
  Photograph © Gary Beeber

Monument, Slave Graveyard since 1651, Sylvester Manor
Photograph © Gary Beeber


Over the years I drove by Sylvester Manor many times without ever knowing what it was.

Something draws me there, I've been back many times. The hauntingly bucolic overgrown garden was part of the former slave holding provisioning plantation purchased in 1652 by Nathaniel Sylvester for 1600 pounds of sugar. I find myself compelled to chronicle it’s evolving decay while attempting to understand it’s complex history.

View more images:  

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Read Sylvestor Manor's history:
by Mac Griswold



 The Varanasi Diaries: 
Surfaces, Scenes and Society
The Varanasi Diaries: 
Surfaces, Scenes and Society
"In Surfaces, I am trying to convey the experience and feelings, starting with the 2-D surfaces of the city, in a conversation with paintings." 

" These photographs were taken in different parts of Varanasi - in the old city along the Ganges, as well as in newer neighborhoods..."

"In Scenes, I am looking at buildings and all kind of structures in Varanasi; architecture and the mark of men in this usually crowded city - but no people are included in this volume. When I found my way into it, the approach, I thought a lot of the work Atget did in Paris and Walker Evans in the US."

VARANASI DIARIES : Surfaces, Scenes and Society
Photographs by Einar Falur Ingólfsson

"Varanasi is a constantly changing array of colours and smells, a cacophony of deafening noises and dust; cows and bulls on roads, potholes, cycle-rickshaws and others with engines; trees, temples, lingams, boats and fires, tranquil and often quite run-down old houses, narrow lanes and crowded highways, advertisements, new and fairly uniform neighborhoods, and numerous gods. Then there is the mighty river, The Ganges, at center of the city - and people. Varanasi is the home of three million people and tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists come to visit. Together, they all make up the coulorful and vibrant society that the city consists of; the pilgrims, students, policemen, rickshaw drivers, widows, toddlers, boatmen, sweepers, sadhus, trash-collectors, shopkeepers, tourists, barbers, politicians, chai wallahs..." – Einar Falur Ingólfsson

The Varanasi Diaries are a bundle of three books, Surfaces, Scenes and Society, compiled in the city of Varanasi in India last October, where the books were also designed. They were released in a limited edition of 50 numbered copies; later be repackaged in a bigger book with more work. These photographs by Ingólfsson were taken in different parts of Varanasi - in the old city along the Ganges, as well as in newer neighborhoods, and in nearby Sarnath and Ramnagar.

WEBSITE: http://efi.is/


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Pétur Thomsen, Co-Director of the Icelandic Photography Festival, and Icelandic photographer and journalist, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, author of Varanasi Diaries and Land Seen Following in the Footsteps of Johannes Larsen, Crymogea, Reykjavík, Iceland 2017.

I first met photographer Einar Falur Ingólfsson as a fellow reviewer for the Landskrona Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews in Sweden. The following year he invited me to be a reviewer at the Icelandic Photography Festival in Reykjavic. Through Ingólfsson, and his students, I've gotten to know many Icelandic photographers and curators I'll write more about in the near future.



Arctic: New Frontier

 Point Hope, Alaska, USA, May 2018
Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen —NOOR for Fondation Carmignac

Boys at the Nakhimov Naval School in Murmansk, Russia, in September.  
Photograph © Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for Fondation Carmignac

Arctic: New Frontier
Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen :
Co-laureate’s for the 9th edition of the Prix Carmignac Photojournalism Award

One of the most important books to come out this year! Co-laureate’s Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen traveled almost 10,000 miles collectively across the Arctic to investigate the irreversible changes that are taking place in the region. With a text by Jean Jouzel, chair of The 9th edition Prix Carmignac jury, climatologist, winner of the 2012 Vetlesen Award and co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Award as Director of the IPCC, this book is such a success that the distributor is almost out of the first edition after one month. 

 A Must-Read about this important work here. An exhibition of this work will be showing at Saatchi Gallery, London in May  2019. Purchase on Amazon here and at the Albertine Bookshop,  972 Fifth Ave. New York, NY.

(caption top : Polar bear skin being prepared for clothing, Point Hope, Alaska, May 2018  © Kadir van Lohuizen — NOOR for Fondation Carmignac

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SAUL LEITER In My Room (Steidl, 2018)

In My Room
Photographs by Saul Leiter. Text by Robert Benton.
Steidl, Germany, 2018

"Recent discoveries from Saul Leiter’s vast archive, In My Room provides an in-depth study of the nude, through intimate photographs of the women Leiter knew. Showing deeply personal interior spaces, often illuminated by the lush natural light of the artist’s studio in New York City’s East Village, these black-and-white images reveal a unique type of collaboration between Leiter and his subjects."

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She Disappeared into Complete Silence

 Photographs © Mona Kuhn

She Disappeared into Complete Silence
Steidl, Germany, 2018
Text by Salvador Nadales, curator of Painting and Drawing, Museo Reina Sofia

She Disappeared into Complete Silence was photographed in a glass house, on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park,  where the golden light enters unobstructed. Conceptually speaking, this glass house with mirrored ceilings was an extension of my own camera and optics.

I was drawn to the desert because of its magical light and raw mystic landscape. The house itself is a minimal structure held mostly together by glass, built by architect Robert Stone. These translucent surfaces offered a great setting for reflections and at times worked as a prism for the light.

Together with a long time friend Jacintha, we experimented with reflections, shadows, illusions, and created images that push the boundaries of representation. I wanted to escape the body and photograph the human presence coming in and out of evidence, at times over exposed, at times hidden in shadows, like a desert mirage, a solitary figure who could have been the very first or last. 

 – Mona Kuhn

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Text by Margot Kelley, Joanne Lukitsh, and Owen Gingerich
Radius Books, Santa Fe, 2018 

Barbara Bosworth focus’s on the Sun, the Moon and the Sky in The Heavens. "Made over the past several years with an 8x10 camera, the star images are hour-long exposures with the camera mounted on a clock drive so that the stars are rendered as dots instead of streaks. The sun and moon images are made with a telescope attached to Bosworth's camera. The book also includes facsimile editions of three artist's books that Bosworth has made as a nod to Galileo's 17th-century publications in which he first observed the skies through a telescope."

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ANDY RICHTER  Serpent in the Wilderness
Kehrer Verlag

 Photographs © Andy Richter
“Travel light, live Light, spread the Light, be the Light.”– Yogi Bhajan

ANDY RICHTER  Serpent in the Wilderness
Kehrer Verlag, Germany, 2018

"Serpent in the Wilderness is a visual exploration of yoga that emerged from photographer Andy Richter’s personal practice and experience. After studying yoga for years, he decided to use his medium – photography – to search for the essence of the teachings. For more than half a decade, he traveled to places that are historically relevant to yoga’s past and others that embody its living present, documenting a variety of yoga traditions with many of the world’s great saints and yogis. The book reveals hidden layers and rarely seen dimensions of a profoundly spiritual path and way of life, from ashrams and caves throughout India to living rooms across America." Purchase here

I've found it difficult to be impartial when it comes to Andy Richter’s collection of exceptional photographs of yogi’s, yogini’s, sadhu’s’s, students and monk’s. Shot mostly in India, along with New Mexico, California and Beijing – and beautifully photographed, beautifully designed, and beautifully printed –  this book awakens the heart and inspires the mind. Sat Nam. – EA

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 Peanut Press

 Photographs © Paris Visone

Foreword by Cig Harvey 
Peanut Press, 2018

"The publication of For Real marks the first time that Paris Visone's photographs that bridge the gap between commercial photography and fine art. 61 images with a foreword by photographer Cig Harvey, For Real presents intimate portraits of famous musicians and Visone’s own family, blurring the lines between private life, fame, and public persona. In her photographs, Visone portrays her family and friends as rock stars while presenting renowned rock musicians with the intimacy of friends and family."

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 Untitled IV © Victoria J. Dean
Winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017

The Illusion of Purpose

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Nothing Left Behind 
Burning Man Festival

 Photographs © Anders Overgaard at Burning Man Festival

Nothing Left Behind
A limited edition, Burning Man Festival

"Danish photographer and director, Anders Overgaard, gives a rare insight into the famed Burning Man Festival that takes place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert with his latest book, Nothing Left Behind. Through his inspiring and daring images, Overgaard's limited edition photo book of the annual festival unites pictures and words in a poetic narrative about the bond that occurs between people, music, art and fashion. Stories and quotes are included from P.Diddy, Frederik Bockhahn, D.J Pierce, Maor Cohen and Overgaard, himself." Take $20. off with code AOXMAS here

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Transcendental Concord
Texts by Rebecca Norris Webb and Kirsten Rian
Radius Books, Santa Fe, 2018

I chose Lisa McCarty's book Transcendental Concord several months ago to include, however photographer Lauren Henkin wrote a beautiful statement about it recently on Photo-Eye Bookstore's 2018 Best Books list:  

"Transcendental Concord is a beautiful meditation on Transcendentalism, photography and visual poetry. The book design, printing, scale, and material selection are handled with such care by Radius Books, that the viewer is left to fully engage and succumb to McCarty’s imagery and the accompanying text of Rebecca Norris Webb and Kirsten Rian. It’s a rare combination that feels unrushed — like the research and work that led to the creation of the book took years to slowly simmer"
– Lauren Henkin, Photo-Eye Best Books 2018

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Somnyama Ngonyama,  
Hail the Dark Lioness
Aperture, New York, 2018

Photographs by Zanele Muholi. Interview and essay by Renée Mussai. Contributions by Andiswa Dlamini, Carla Williams, Cheryl Clarke, Christie van Zyl, Deborah Willis, Fariba Derakhshani, Hlonipha Mokoena, Jackie Mondi, M. Neelika Jayawardane, Mapula Lehong, Milisuthando Bongela, Napo Masheane, Sindiwe Magona, Sophie Hackett, and Unoma Azuah. Purchase here

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Re-membrance of the Remembrance

Limited Edition. Datz Press, 2018

Re-membrance of the Remembrance, is a visual reconstruction of memories of the photographer Hye-Ryoung Min's 70 journal entries that she has written steadily since her childhood, already in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), the Griffin Museum of Photography, Stanford University Libraries and the National Library of Korea.

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DAVE JORDANO  A Detroit Nocturne

In a continuation of Dave Jordano's critically-acclaimed Detroit: Unbroken Down (powerHouse Books, 2015), which documented the lives of residents, Detroit Nocturne is an artist's book not of people this time, but instead the places within which they live and work: structures, dwellings, and storefronts. Made at night, these photographs speak to the quiet resolve of Detroit's neighborhoods and its stewards: independent shop proprietors and home owners who have survived the long and difficult path of living in a  post-industrial city stripped of economic prosperity and opportunity.

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Lawrence Schwartzwald  : The Art of Reading 
Steidl, Germany, 2018

The Art of Reading presents New York photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald's candid images of readers. Partly inspired by André Kertész's On Reading (1971), Schwartzwald's subjects are mostly average New Yorkers, sunbathers, a bus driver, shoeshine men, subway passengers, denizens of bookshops and cafes. Notably Amy Winehouse at Manhattan's now-closed all-night diner Florent graces the cover.

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Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply
University of Texas Press, 2018

Recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Dawoud Bey has created a body of photography in Seeing Deeply that masterfully portrays the contemporary American experience on its own terms and in all of its diversity.

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RUSSELL JOSLIN  Series of Dreams

Russell Joslin : Series of Dreams
Skeleton Key Press

Series of Dreams” is a beautifully printed volume features 157 striking and memorable works by artists from around the world. Now 25% off in the month of December. To order.

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Afterword by Alfredo Triff.
F8 Books, 2018

Almost True, draws from over three decades of work from many different projects. 81 black and white photos in nine groups,
diverse images that tell their own story but, through the magic of sequencing, offer new stories. The images were taken in Cuba during Fidel Castro's time, at religious processions in Sicily, and during the elections in Haiti in 1987, plus street photos from  Mississippi, New York, Oakland, Portland, Santa Fe, Seattle, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

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There were more photography books this year than ever before! 

Here's Part I :



If it's in RED it's a link.
Many descriptions are from the publishers promo's.

Follow Jonathan Blaustein’s Photography Book Reviews all year   

Happy Holidays!