Our current book sale is still going on...four NOS photobooks. "NOS" means "new old stock," meaning published some time ago but brand new copies. The four books cost $165, but if you enter the code 175212 at checkout, you can get all four for $48. Here's the link.
Packages are already arriving at peoples' houses. Reader Mike Plews sent me this the other day, to let me know his box had arrived:
[Note: The earliest shipments have just started to be delivered. If you haven't received yours, it's not time to worry yet. —M.]
I asked Mike how he liked the Laughlin title in particular, and this is what he said (don't miss the video Mike found, linked at the end, which contains a nice little thumbnail bio of C.J.L.)....
"Since it's way too hot to work outside I spent the morning paging through my new books. It's interesting to revisit an artist in your sixties that you first encountered in your late twenties. When I first became familiar with Laughlin I was deep into my "Jeez I sure wish I was Ansel Adams" period so I didn't fully appreciate what he was doing. I also have to confess that occasionally I got him mixed up with Ralph Eugene Meatyard, oops.
"After this morning I have to say that I like Laughlin's work a lot more than I did back then. The clearly staged images and the multiple exposures are rather timely given the recent discussions on TOP on manipulated images. For the record I like them a lot. The Laughlin book also dovetails nicely with the Barnard volume. Spanish Moss and wreckage everywhere.
"One reason I might be more receptive to these two books stems from a life change a few years ago that had Mrs. Plews and I going to Savannah four times in a couple of years. On the first visit my son took me to Bonaventure cemetery saying 'Dad, you gotta see this, you'll just go nuts,' and I did. If there ever was a place that screamed 'turn off the color,' this is it. I regard moments like this as permissible guilty pleasures. It isn't your place, you really don't know it and you aren't trying for anything like art so you can just let go and let it fly. The place is kind of a photographers' theme park, and you get to pay your respects to Johnny Mercer. What could be more fun?
"Now this may feel like a stretch and you can chalk it up to heat stroke but here goes. Paging through the Laughlin book sent me downstairs to pull out Sonja Bullaty's wonderful book on Josef Sudek. These guys feel like spirit brothers to me but I have been out in the sun.
"You may find it interesting that in 2013 a couple of Laughlin prints turned up on "Antiques Roadshow." Here's a link.
"Well that's my take on my new book. I am really enjoying the Hallmark Photo Book Club so far. Thanks for pulling this together."
The man in the "Antiques Roadshow" video talks about being friends with the photographer's son, John Laughlin, and says that John was the source of the prints they are discussing on the show. In the "Life's Little Coincidences" department, I used to work with John Laughlin, years ago, at a garden center in Washington, D.C.
We still do have book sets left! The sale lasts until July 2 or thereabouts. I'm looking forward to hearing how you like them.
(Thanks to Mike P.)
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Darlene: "TOP is the only place I know of where you can participate in a garage sale with a museum selling photography books. These will find a home in my classroom, thanks Mike. Thanks also to Mike Plews for the visual that threw me into the shopping cart. :-) "