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Book of the Week: A Pick by Susan Burnstine

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Susan Burnstine Photographer Susan Burnstine picks The Burn by Jane Fulton Alt as photo-eye Book of the Week.

The Burn by Jane Fulton Alt.
Kehrer Verlag, 2013.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from photographer Susan Burnstine who has selected The Burn by Jane Fulton Alt published by Kehrer Verlag.  The Burn was selected as a Best Book of 2013 by Anne Kelly and Douglas Stockdale.

"What first began as an exploration of ecological regeneration for Jane Fulton Alt transitioned into a deeply personal journey following two pivotal events in her life; the birth of her first grandchild and her sister’s diagnoses of cancer. The resulting monograph, The Burn, evolves as a poetic study of contrasting elements within the intense theater of controlled burns.

The images are undeniably beautiful, yet they are far more complex than standard landscape imagery given that physical elements of the burn emerge as a metaphor for life and death by way of smoke, which, Alt explains, 'obscures and reveals.'

While some may envisage these evocative images reproduced on a grand scale, this delicate 8x8 monograph effectually invites viewers to get closer to the subject, emphasizing the intimacy and contemplative nature of this affecting work." —Susan Burnstine

The Burn by Jane Fulton Alt. Kehrer Verlag, 2013.

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Susan Burnstine is an award winning professional fine art and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles who builds homemade cameras and lenses primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects. Susan is represented in galleries across the country, widely published throughout the world, frequently jurors and curates exhibitions and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK). Susan’s first monograph Within Shadows earned the Gold award for PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris in the Professional Fine Art Books category and was selected as a photo-eye Best Book of 2011.

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