Brooklyn-based photographer and writer Charlie Rubin recently completed his first book Strange Paradise. The tome examines perception and the process by which people take in information. Rubin is particularly interested in how people perceive and combine the artificial and the actual. The venture, while calling attention to the tension between the real and the artificial, is also performative; it incorporates photography, collage, and printmaking within the text, daring the reader to notice how the natural world departs from what can visually be perceived. The new release demonstrates how technology can alter our observations of reality. By juxtaposing surprising elements with logical argument, the artist constructs a world where the reader must carefully discern truth from manipulation.
During nine months I lived in Tel Aviv. During this period I met four young Jewish women who were born in the USA.
They had all decided, at the age of 18, to go to Israel to do the military service.
After completing the required two years of service, they decided to stay and live in this idyllic Middle Eastern city.
José Pedro Cortes.
Project Family shows the home life of this Japanese photographer. Where seven family members live together in a five-room house in Yokohama.
Motoyuki Daifu’s flash lit photographs of his overstuffed family apartment in Yokohama easily cross over into visual chaos. The place itself is filled to the brim with parents, brothers and sisters, laundry, dirty dishes, cats, and the ever multiplying clutter of daily life. His images take a diaristic look at life in these cramped quarters, using a loose snapshot aesthetic to capture the eye popping density of color and texture seemingly found in every direction. Stepping into this environment full of visual stimuli for even just a moment is a bit overwhelming. [collectordaily.com]