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Recommended Reading

May 5, 2016

Working in Visitor Services for the Columbia Museum of Art can have its busy days as well as its slow days. Luckily, there is the awesome CMA Shop to help pass the time. The CMA Shop has an abundance of great books for any art fanatic. From the iconic early Renaissance Italian painter Botticelli to the controversial modern graffiti artist Banksy, the CMA shop offers a wide selection of books on artists. There are also a number of books dedicated to certain forms of art as well as just art oddities. Here is my take on a few of these books.

Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

This book is very exciting because it gives the reader a sneak peek at the upcoming Daufuskie Memories show that the museum is putting on from May 27 to August 7. This book shows photographs of a way of life that is often forgotten with an in-depth documentation of the Gullah culture that shapes a community. This book documents the people, places, everyday life, and spirituality that make up this strong and rich culture.

WILD LIFE by Brad Wilson

These intimate photographs will leave you speechless. Brad Wilson captures animals showing a different side of wild life than what people are typically used to. He shows them as still and calm. He managed to bring wild animals into his studio to create these engaging portraits.

David Lynch: The Factory Photographs by Petra Giloy-Girtz

This book is a must-read for any David Lynch fan. It shows the reader another side of him that is only subtly expressed in his movies. Lynch loves photographing abandoned factories rusting away and documents a lot of his favorite aspects of this slow decaying process. The interviews that Petra Giloy-Girtz has with Lynch are incredible. Lynch ties his fascination with abandoned factories to some of his iconic movies. 

Facing Change: Documenting America by Leah Bendavid-Val

This very strong and powerful book shows different photographers documenting America. These photographs convey a wide range of emotions. Some document joy and appreciation for life and family. Others document people suffering at their lowest point. This book goes from family homes, churches, and parties to graveyards, homeless shelters, and hospices. All of these photos are very powerful and speak to American life.


Jonathan Eason
Visitor Services Representative