Posts by: John Veldhoen

Bystander: A History of Street Photography

 By John Veldhoen

When was it? Seven years ago? I was working in a bookstore in a photography gallery and I had access to a tattered copy of the original version of this book from 1994. I looked through it, but can’t say I read it. At the time, I wasn’t making photographs that were any good myself, and I wasn’t reading anything with intention either. I was just looking (but not seeing).

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Blind Spot and Western Landscapes

 By John Veldhoen

Siri Hustvedt is an American novelist, but along with her work as a fiction writer, she has written essays on diverse subjects, like neuropsychoanalysis, and painting. The latter investigations presuppose a connection between selfhood, and perception. She is the author of the introduction to Teju Cole’s new book of photographs, “Blind Spot”. Cole is a photographer, but is also a writer, and contributes a regular column to the New York Times “Lens” section entitled “On Photography” which I have mentioned on this blog before, in connection to essays written by Luigi Ghirri.

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David duChemin is on His Way to Calgary

 By John Veldhoen

David duChemin is a photographer based in Victoria, Canada who came to prominence working for various NGO’s including World Vision, Save the Children, and the BOMA Project. He has travelled extensively, photographing on assignment in South America, and Africa. He is the author of many books, mostly published by Rocky Nook, of which “The Soul of the Camera” is the most recent. His books are notable for their accessibility, humour, and helpful tone.

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A Wild Life and A Feast for the Eyes

 By John Veldhoen

There is an academic discipline for everything.  In literature, scholars have studied genre as it appertains to works of literary expression since the Enlightenment. Long before that, philosophy discerned the production of ideas on the basis of type.

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