“This isn’t the usual tearjerker cancer story. It is a gleefully offensive cancer story. It is the Blazing Saddles of cancer stories.”
“Beautiful Berlin Boys” by Ashkan Sahihi resounds as an affirmation of the beauty and individuality of the gay man.”
“David Fruend: Gas Stop” represents a monumental achievement in photojournalism.
The mid-seventies evoked here showcase a city in transition and the streets populated with gigantic metal slabs of American automotive expression.
“The Eyes of the City invites an unhurried view, seducing the eye to linger over the images, letting stories come to life in the mind.”
“Morbid Curiosities” by Paul Gambino is highly recommended for its lurid yet tasteful exploration of an otherwise ignored subculture of collecting.”
“Black Beauties” by Rene Staud is “[a] stylish and intelligent discussion of the intersection of transportation, aesthetics, and meaning.”
In “Tiny: Streetwise Revisited,” the photographer Mary Ellen Mark chronicles the life of “Tiny” (Erin Charles), a street kid from Seattle.
“Hunting with Eagles” by Palani Mohan offers a rare glimpse into a vanishing way of life captured by a photojournalist nomad.
I continue my essay series, American Odd, with a look at the history of the American roadside attraction in Jim Heimann’s classic California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture.