Book Review


‘Holga’ by Michael Kenna – A Mini Book Review – By Holly Gilman

I’m sure the majority of those reading 35mmc need no introduction to Michael Kenna, his work is not only superb but well known. In the introduction a quote from Kenna is shared:

“I’ve always considered the make and format of a camera to be ultimately low on the priority scale when it comes to making pictures, I think personal vision is far more important.” Frances Malcolm, Holga

This collection of Kenna’s images taken on a Holga camera really do show his power of composition and I honestly don’t know what else to say about them. It seems too obvious to say that but it is a beautiful collection of images.

Magnum Contact Sheets – Book Review – by Holly Gilman and Sroyon Mukherjee

The average 35mmc reader perhaps needs no introduction either to Magnum, or to the concept of contact sheets. But just in case, Magnum Photos, founded in Paris in 1947, is one of the world’s most famous photo agencies. It’s a cooperative owned by its members, who have included such luminaries as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa (both of whom were founding members), Eve Arnold, Dorothea Lange, and Sebastião Salgado – to name just a few!

Beauty in Photography by Robert Adams – Book Review – By Holly Gilman

As someone who is an avid reader and collector of books, I am pretty time-poor. I have a job, two young children and a multitude of hobbies which I try to fit in too. Because of this, I find myself drawn to short stories and collections of essays.

Beauty in Photography (1996) is a collection of essays written by Robert Adams in which he explores photography’s place in art and questions his own assumptions and feelings. This is a collection of 8 essays although the final 3 are collected under one heading. I wanted to discuss and debate the first 5 of his essays.

‘Redlands’ by Philip Brookman – A Book Review – By Holly Gilman

“Our family album is full of beautiful pictures from the beach, but none of them tells the real story.” (Brookman, 2015: p127)

I came across this book by chance. I was looking for Some Kind of Heavenly Fire by Maria Lax (2020) and The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willet (2017), both of which I can’t get my hands on. I came across Redlands by Philip Brookman (2015) and the description matched the criteria I was looking for.

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