Rafal Milach: In the Car with R

One of the best things about my job is I get to see a lot of work. Not only do I get to see actually photography, up close and in person, but I also get to see a lot of photography and art books. In fact, sometimes I feel like I see too much and find myself longing for padded rooms and isolation. Normally those times pass quickly and I’m right back in the mix. Sometimes I see a book, or body of work, that for whatever reason I respond to at a deep level. One such body of work is “In the Car With R” by Rafal Milach.

IN THE CAR WITH R from x on Vimeo.

Rafal is someone I’ve written about in the past, but I wanted to try and showcase another of his projects. His work is very different from my own, which is probably one of the reasons I love it so much. It’s more considered than my own, more structured and controlled, but we both are after a documentary style image.

For me, where this project really comes alive is in the book. I enjoy seeing the film and the ability to hear and see not just the images but the location itself, but the book is where my mind returns. I see a lot of photography books with good imagery, and I see others with very solid design, but occasionally you get lucky and find one that is a perfect blend of all the ingredients. I feel this book is a great example. Subtle, quiet yet by the end of the book you feel a real power. It is also a reminder that I have a lot to learn when it comes to design and the realities of blending multiple formats and ideas into one, well-executed, printed motion.