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Alone Together POCReview - Alone Together POC
by Pocproject.com
Veenman Publishers, 2007
Review by Christian Perring
Dec 25th 2007 (Volume 11, Issue 52)

Alone Together is published by POC, (for "Piece of Cake"), an evolving network of young European photographers.  The title refers to the network, rather than the contents of the book.  There's no common denominator among the photographs collected here, and it is quite a diverse collection from 21 artists.  My favorites were Sandra Stein, Charles Freger, Trish Morrissey, and Thomas Humery.  Freger's series of pictures of teenage boys from a rugby club bring to mind Rineke Dijkstra's beach photographs of girls looking awkward in their swimsuits, capturing a self-awareness and developing masculinity.  The book cover image, Trish Morrissey's pictures of a woman crouching down in front of a low wall, holding some kind of furry soft toy animal, with her friend's hand on her shoulders, is disconcerting: at first look, she looks very young, but then on closer inspection, she looks older.  The picture is awkward yet very striking.  Sandra Stein's images are beautifully composed with a delicate use of color, and they often capture odd or appealing combinations of elements.  So this is an interesting selection; the POC website is especially worth browsing.

 

 

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Christian Perring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York.


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