Book Review: Larry Towell, The World From My Front Porch
Posted on September 23, 2009
Now this is a book. From publisher Chris Boot and photographer Larry Towell, comes one of the best books I’ve seen.
The paper is different, the look is different, the layout is different, the cover, the fonts, etc, My head is spinning.
I’ve picked this book up three times and found three different books, and I’m sure if I go back for a fourth time, I’ll find another.
Towell, for those of you who don’t know him, is a Magnum photographer from, I believe, Canada. I’m sure when I read the book I’ll figure this out, but I think that is where he comes from.
A farmer. Perhaps an unlikely photographer?
His work is stunning, and I don’t use this word lightly. You can literally feel his life in these images. You can feel his roots, his ties to the land, history and place.
There is a powerful simplicity in these images, a closeness, but coupled with a complex point of view, and knowledge of light and printing. Kids, dogs, land, moments, structures, etc, etc, all there.
The back of the book, a catalog of his editorial spreads from El Salvador and other places. Just look at the work on the Mennonites. Just look at that one spread, on it’s own, as it displays before you page after page of best reportage you will ever see. Really, it’s that good.
Occasionally a book comes along that freaks me out and this one fits that mold.
I can’t wait to really sit down with it, but a part of me is little afraid of it. Like Salgado’s Africa. There are many more but I believe Salgado’s was the last book to freak me out.
I highly recommend this book. Here is the link THE WORLD FROM MY FRONT PORCH
Sorry for the scattered, buckshot review, but like I said, it freaked me out.