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In 2013 I started a series of photo albums on Blurb.com, named '36Exp' (a subject adressed in 36 exposures, a reference to the exposures on most common rolls of 35 mm film: 12, 24 & 36.). The books can be ordered directly from the Blurb.com website.
FROM THESE HANDS by STEVE McCURRY | PHOTOGRAPHY
This latest photobook by Steve McCurry tells the stories of the people living in different coffee-producing communities around the world, through McCurry’s beautifully arcolour photography.
UNTOLD BY STEVE McCURRY | PHOTOGRAPHY
As described further down this page I went to a book signing session by Steve McCurry
recently and I bought two books on that occasion, the one he was promoting and this one: Untold.
ANTON CORBIJN RETROSPECTIVE 2015 | PHOTOGRAPHY
BEHIND THE GREAT WALL by WILLEM WERNSEN | PHOTOGRAPHY
FOTOFESTIVAL NAARDEN 2015 | PHOTOGRAPHY
The Naarden Fotofestival 2015 (May 14th - June 21st) was yet another edition to show some of the DNA of the people in The Netherlands.
DE EEUW VAN MIJN VADER door GEERT MAK | HISTORY, BOOKS
The title would translate to 'The Century of My Father', being the 20th century described by Dutch journalist and writer Geert Mak.
Using interviews, old newspaper clippings and hundreds of letters that survived the times, Geert Mak describes the Netherlands at the start of the early-1900s.
It is a history through the backdoor, told from a member of an average Dutch family, that of Geert Mak himself.
The book had a great impact on me, while had it for quite some time I now made myself read it during holidays. A very transparent document of recent times.
JACKSON BRODIE, PRIVAT INVESTIGATOR - CASE HISTORIES 2 | CRIME FICTION, DVD
Jackson is a former military and policeman. Contrary to his appearance (well played by Jason Isaacs) he is driven by empathy; the Champion for Lost Causes.
The Jackson Brodie series were produced in 2011 and 2013 and I would very much like to see a completed trilogy, but Ms Atkinson seems to have gone off Jackson Brodie, for 2013 and 2014 saw other novels published rather than a Case Histories novel.
STEVE McCURRY BOOKSIGNING | PHOTOGRAPHY
I bought his latest, 'From These Hands'.
MARY ELLEN MARK, PHOTOGRAPHER - R.I.P.
Mary Ellen Mark (20Mar1940 – 25May2015), she was famed for her documentary work and intimate portraits, always regarding herself as a street photographer.
OPERATION NAPOLEON by ARNALDUR INDRIDASON | BOOKS, CRIME FICTION
I thought I had read all of Indridason's books by now, at least those that were translated into English, but I came across this title while travelling, 'Operation Napoleon', in Powell's Books in Portland,OR the other day and grabbed it as I had not come across it earlier.
'Napóleonsskjölin' was written and published in 1999, a year before 'Jar City' was published.
The book opens with a plane crash on the Vatnajökull Glacier during a blizzard, by the end of WWII.
Enter the young Icelandic lawyer Kristín. She has a reckless younger brother who is out testing his snowmobile when he stumbles on the plane wreck. He manages to get a garbled message through to his sister before he is apprehended by American troops.
Indridason also tackles the subject of the US military presence at Keflavík. This is an economically, politically and socially difficult and complex relationship.
The book is a thriller, but lacks the complex character of Erlendur. I hope he will return soon.
WORLD PRESS PHOTO 15 | PHOTOGRAPHY
ARMER & RIJKER by ROEL VISSER | SOCIAL PHOTO DOCUMENTARY
ARMER & RIJKER, by Roel Visser (photography) & Ewald Engelen (essay).
Roel Visser won various international photography awards and was three times awarded 'de Zilveren Camera'. Previous publications by him were: 'Zorg in Nederland', 'Hier in Holland', 'Platter & dikker' en 'Van rechtswege'. His 'social documentary photography' is outstanding.
THE SPIRAL / ENGRENAGES | TV CRIME DRAMA (DVD)
Spiral (French: 'Engrenages') is a French television police and legal drama series set in Paris.
In series 3 a serial killer is the focus of Berthaud's team. But while the killer is hunted, each episode we also see different storylines develop, around Lawyer Joséphine Karlsson who is willing to go near the edge of what is morally justifiable, about Judge Roban and Magistrate Clément who both struggle with the integrity of the Justice office and Laure's relationship with Commissionner Vincent Brémont. Gilou struggles with a drug habit and seems on a road to destruction and Roban meets Isabelle Ledoré, ex-lover of him who he still deeply cares about.
STAR ISLAND by CARL HIAASEN | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
Carl Hiaasen is definitely in my top 3 of favourite novelists and he is certainly the funniest crime writer!
As a columnist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen has spent years railing at political railroading in Florida. While the subject is mentioned, real estate fraud at the cost of protected nature reserves and species, it is less the focus here. One can lament on it, but I rather applaud the writer who avoids embracing the same subjects in each book.
Hiaasen satirises young pop stars in the Lindsay Lohan/Britney Spears category, with the story revolving around Cherry Pye, a drugged-up sex addict, and a paparazzo photographer Bang Abbott. And Ann, an out-of-work actrice, working as a double for Cherry's parents and -producer when Cherry is 'recovering' from her abusing lifestyle.
But the real fun is in the pace of Hiaasen's writing and the crazy but (almost) believable characters who interact in this novel. It may not be his best, as some write, but I am a fan!
TURKEY'S GROWING CONSTRAINTS ON PUBLIC OPINION | WORLD AFFAIRS