With the holidays just around the corner, we are pleased to bring you another installment of Photobooks Under $30. This week we're featuring The Green Fuse by Patricia Galagan with photographs of the emergent plantlife after one of New Mexico's largest fires in the state's history, Letters from Utopia by Daan Paans takes us into five communities whose practices aim to extend the human lifespan, and explore an ambiguous relationship between two people in New York City in Rivington by Carlos Loret de Mola.
|The Green Fuse by Patricia Galagan|
($20 - softbound signed)
The Green Fuse documents the aftermath of the 2011 Las Conchas fire in Northern New Mexico that burned over 150,000 acres -- the second largest fire recorded in the state's history. Photographing the burn scar, Galagan focuses on the emergent plant life adapting to the new landscape after the fire. The black & white photographs employ subtle use of the color green to mark the new plant life.
|Letters From Utopia by Daan Paans|
($26.50 - hardbound)
In Sarah Bradley's review of Letters from Utopia, she writes, "Dutch photographer Daan Paans considers his work documentary, which is strictly true, though I wouldn't immediately think to classify his book Letters from Utopia as such. Letters from Utopia is an investigation into the practical search for immortality. The book is arranged in a sort of chronology, but also in an order indicating the evolution of human thought on the subject. A collection of five dossiers, each opens with an introduction of the subject before presenting a series of captioned photographs with the occasional snippet of related text sharing the page."
|Rivington by Carlos Loret de Mola|
($10 - softbound)
Rivington is a small, self-published zine by Carlos Loret de Mola, documenting an ambiguous chance-meeting between a man and a woman in New York City. The twelve color photographs document a seemingly intimate relationship between the two while the photographs of the New York City skyline echo a sense of loneliness and anonymity in the vastness of the city.