Where to Go and What to See

(Photo: © 2008 Debbie Fleming Caffery)

The best of this week's photography offerings are three portrait series...well, one portrait series and two series that include strong documentary portraiture. Katy Grannan is well known for her first monograph, Model American, and The Westerns, her new body of work, promises to be similarly well received. Debbie Fleming Caffery's Aftermath, Louisiana and Bertien van Manen's _A Hundred Summers, A Hundred Winter_s, on the other hand, are not traditional portraiture but create compelling portraits of places: Louisiana and Russia respectively. Caffery's work is particularly compelling in my eyes, not least because she seems to have found a ghostly dream side of the state's recent tragedies that lends her images a freshness that is difficult to achieve with such an overexposed topic.

~Miki Johnson

(Photo: © 2008 Debbie Fleming Caffery)

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