Will I review every title in the pile of photo books I posted a few days ago? Perhaps, perhaps not, but a photo book review a week isn’t a bad idea. My own would be an even better idea. [Takes notes.] This week’s review is of John Gossage’s The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler/Map of Babylon, which I wrote about for Blogcritics and DCist, but please read the latter, with local value-added content:
Washington is one of the world’s most photographed and photogenic cities, and the subject of many photo books: from glossy souvenirs that never stray far from postcard views, to more local-minded work by the likes of Carol Highsmith, who documented the decay and restoration of the Willard Hotel, and the late Fred Maroon. Soon to join the latter ranks will be our DCist Exposed magazine — but while you eagerly await that, a new book by local photographer John Gossage, the subject of a recent show at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, as well as a DCist interview, will more than whet your apetite for the city beyond the postcard.
It was also quite gratifying to get props from the publisher: