Essays on Photography
NEAL RANTOUL: ESSAYS ON PHOTOGRAPHY Every book you see in the "BOOKS" heading on this site are monographs of my own work. But this new essay book is very different. We have taken key posts from my blog, reworked them, edited them and put them into a 8.5 x 11 inch book that is really elegant and pertinent.
I am declaring that we're in them-the dog days of summer. If it's too hot and too humid, if all you want to do is hunker down with an icy drink where its cool. Dog Days. If the idea of being out at the beach is like death to you- that's it. Dog Days. Here in Boston it's hot, it stinks and everyone's moving a little slower with more deliberation as though things are harder. After last winter it seems almost sacrilegious to say anything about it being too hot but, face it, it is too hot!
The x 10 Work 2
Hundreds if not thousands of 8 x 10 negatives, processed, but not printed, not scanned and, unless I did something, never to see the light of day.
The 8 x 10 Work
Most of you know what that means. For those that don't this is photographs made with an 8 x 10 inch view camera. The format has almost mystical importance in the canon that is art photography. Think Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, early Harry Callahan, Frederick Sommer, Wynne Bullock, Emmet Gowin, Nick Nixon, Jim Dow, and on and on. It also is universally regarded as the most difficult of conventional film-based systems to master, for good reason.