Tuesday, Dec 08, 2015
by Miwa Susuda
About Landscapes by Lele Saveri: "Putting together a nude photography book is not an easy task. That is because it can easily become a one-dimensional or conventional book of self indulgent, shameful work because of lack of objective judgment. Just showing bodies being sexy and pretty is boring. Saveri’s Landscape is nothing like that. It employs a female body’s sculptural or structural composition in various color effects that look tasteful, experimental, playful and absolutely contemporary. This is because Saveri doesn’t compromise on anything less, and extensively discusses the editing and design ideas with Brian Lamotte and David Strettell. Saveri’s Landscape is one of my favorite female nude photography books out of all the books that I have enjoyed at Dashwood over the last 10 years."
About Now Here Then by Huger Foote: "Quiet sensibility is spread all over this beautiful monograph by the Southern-born artist Huger Foote. It is rather easy to recognize a close kinship with an important Southern master, William Eggleston (they are very close friends), although Foote’s work appears more introspective and imaginative than Eggleston’s. Compared to a clear message delivered from straight photography by Eggleston, Foote’s work is less talkative, yet more nostalgic from the scratched surfaces and muted colors. The impression of Foote’s work seems to rely on the past rather than present, providing the viewer with an emotional distance and making him think deeply about what is hidden behind the surface. Both Foote and Eggleston, however, seem to share a musical quality such as classic piano or pipe organ in an intimate setting. Foote’s work has gradually grown on me and remained with me just like a melody from an orgel long forgotten in my childhood. The designer, Hans Seeger, understands Foote’s appreciation for beauty in a fleeting moment, and it is truly remarkable that Seeger realizes his art by applying three different unique muted colors for the book covers. His design application is subtle but precious and elegant."