As a publisher of photography books, I am naturally drawn to bodies of work that tell me something I didn’t know about a subject that I was already interested in. I am also grateful when I see work that deals with subjects I had not previously given much thought to, but which, based on the photographs presented, I find myself taking a new and enthusiastic interest in.

Selecting 15 portfolios from the multiple of that which I started out with, was both challenging and very, very satisfying. The only guidelines I gave myself were that 1) the work be heartfelt, no matter what the subject, and free of cynicism; 2) the work be visually interesting, making me want to look closer and longer than I normally would; 3) the work be respectful of the subject, but also approach it in a way, or from a perspective, that is unexpected or unusual. The 15 portfolios that I selected are not the only ones submitted that exhibit these qualities, but they stand out nevertheless.

Josh Rushing photographed an incredibly complicated subject, and one that he had already viewed from many different perspectives, and in many different situations. The subject and technical approach are perfectly paired, and the artist’s statement offers both wisdom and hope.

Kathryn Jacobi hit the sweet spot with this work. It is not the first photographic project, by any means, to capture “double portraits” of one subject, separated by time. But it is done in a way that was new to me as a viewer, and with such honesty and respect for life, that it warrants special attention.


Chris Pichler

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