The Cruel Radiance – Susie Linfield

mickyates Cambodia, Documentary, Falmouth, MA, Masters, Photo Book, Photography, Travel, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I just read The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political violence, by Susie Linfield (University of Chicago Press, 2010), and found it totally fascinating. Essentially, Linfield challenges the idea that photography of political violence exploits the subject and panders to the viewer’s voyeuristic tendencies. Instead she argues passionately that looking at such images, and learning how to see people in them, …

Obama, an Intimate Portrait, by Pete Souza

mickyates Documentary, Photo Book, Uncategorized, USA Leave a Comment

I just got a copy of Pete Souza‘s ‘Obama, an Intimate Portrait‘. A superb book, on so many levels. First, Souza is an outstanding photographer, capturing documentary moments with precision, and portraits with style. There’s a lot to learn from how Mr Souza tells the story unfolding in front of him. Second, it is a fascinating historical document. Arranged in …