Photography books are as much works of public discourse, as they are personal albums. The more an image is considered, the more familiar it becomes until the line between Us and Them vanishes, and the image becomes a reference to our own life. As such, photograph books operate on several levels—inviting us to quietly contemplate life in the particular as a manifestation of universal experience. And so it goes that for this column I selected two books that resonate on this level in complementary ways.
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