3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I have had to wait a few days & re-visit this book before writing a review as I was initially very disappointed.
I had been expecting a combination of fascinating underground photography, maps & history.
Instead what the book delivers is an introduction by Will Self, (has anyone ever been more aptly named?), then a series of headings such as water, rail etc which begin with a short and frankly pretty thin introduction followed by photographs.
The quality of the camera work is extremely varied. In truth this is not helped by the lacklustre printing which leaves much looking blurred and dull. There is rarely the sense of 'being there'.
The one line descriptions are also… Read more
In 2010 the style of art known as 'Ruins photography' was launched by the release of Marchand & Romain's The Ruins of Detroit
The two French photographers gave a dispassionate view of a city in decay.
This lack of history and context in this style has led to a backlash of complaints and sneering condemnation along with the dismissive title of 'ruins porn'.
If you feel that art must always explain itself and that a full history and voice from every angle needs to be heard then this latest release is going to be as annoying to you as any other in this genre.
Here we are taken to Hashima island in the Nagasaki… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You know how this is going to go, right? The jacket artwork seems to spell it out with a grubby old straight jacket stamped with red and thoughts of 'I wonder who used to wear this...?' There'll be pictures of rusty electro-therapy tables and at least one shot of a creepy long dark corridor with an empty old wheelchair half turned towards the reader.
The first real clue to this work is the introduction. Oliver Sacks spent over 25 years working in an asylum and is well regarded for his writing on the subject. The pages given over to his work are full of fascinating facts and early American asylum history. There is no hint of an attempt to shock the reader, rather a simple statement of… Read more