Photoville Festival 2021 Recommended Reading Part 2: Artist Books
Photoville Festival 2021, now in its 10th year, rolled out more than 85 outdoor exhibits citywide.
Many of these shows have been taken down for the year. But if you find yourself wanting a memento, a keepsake to whisk you into the New Year and beyond, we’ve put together a list of this year’s featured artists who have also published recent books or have forthcoming titles.
Foreign Correspondent, Photographer, Storyteller: The Life and Legacy of Christopher Dickey focuses on the late journalist’s eye as a reporter. He authored seven books including his most recent and, arguably, most popular, Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South (published 2015).
Traer Scott’s Goodbye Salad Days feature a series of humorous handmade diorama scenarios with Kevin, the hamster, as the solo subject. Chronicle Books released the hardcover, Goodbye Salad Days this past April.
Meryl Meisler’s Paradise Lost & Found: Bushwick gives a snapshot of this Brooklyn’s neighborhood during the tumultuous 1980s and early 1990s. Meryl published New York PARADISE LOST Bushwick Era Disco this year.
Preventing Overdose Deaths: How to Save and Uplift Lives is a collaboration between photographer Graham MacIndoe and writer Susan Stellin. This Photoville Festival series highlighted the dedicated community health workers, volunteers, and advocates, as well as people who have personal experiences with drug use and addiction. The duo also co-wrote the 2017 memoir, Chancers, that offers a personal perspective about drug addiction:
Brian Skerry’s Secrets of the Whales plunges viewers into the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of five whale species: orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals, and sperm whales. National Geographic, the exhibit’s presenter, published Secrets of the Whales, the book, this year.
The series, The Last Chapter of War in Afghanistan, features imagery from what has been coined the endless war. After 20 years, the U.S exited the war-torn country this summer. Photographer Paula Bronstein’s also authored the internationally acclaimed photo book Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear.
The Luupe’s food photography series, Food Visions, showcases photographs from its community of women and non-binary photographers who are pushing boundaries in how we visualize food. Among various artists with works being presented in this series is Birthe Piontek, whose most recent work, Janus, will be published by Gnomic Book this year.
In 2019 Sheila Pree Bright attended the Afropunk Festival in Atlanta, Ga. As she entered the space, she saw young people outwardly expressing themselves through their Afro-futuristic aesthetic. Caught up by the aura, she captured images that led to The Makin’, a series on view at this year’s Photoville Festival. For more Bright imagery, see #1960NOW: Photographers of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter Protests.
Through a Circular Lens contains works shot on used cameras and lenses. The exhibition reveals captured images of scenes and landscapes from Los Angeles to New York City, exploring the connection between people and the world we live in and how nature can inspire us to live in a more conscious and sustainable way. Several artists are features in this series including Paul Seibert, a lifelong New Yorker, who has a forthcoming book with Rizzoli Books, New York From the Air.
Zed Nelson and Danielle Villasana are among several artists who made The W. Eugene Smith Grant For Humanistic Photography, 2021 Finalists. Both photographers also published books. Zed’s most recent book, A Portrait of Hackney, inspired his feature-length documentary; Danielle, whose work focuses on Latin America, produced A Light Inside.
The iconic Joseph Rodriguez’s, who helms from Brooklyn, NY, and is the author of multiple works including his most recent work Taxi Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987, which is also the same title of his exhibit at this year’s Photoville.